Olympic gold medalist visits Doylestown nursing center

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Alvaretta Becker shakes hands with Olympic gold medalist Steve Holcomb. (Gary G. Schempp)

Golden LivingCenter in Doylestown celebrated Active Aging Week on Tuesday by hosting Olympic gold medalist Steven Holcomb.

Holcomb, a bobsled driver who competed in the 2006 Olympics and won a gold medal in the 2010 games in Vancouver, led activities for more than 100 residents and patients of the nursing and rehabilitation center, relatives, staff members and volunteers.

He gave a pep talk, then cheered for participants in the daily 15- to 30-minute walking session and activities supporting some of the six dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social, and spiritual.

Holcomb, who won world championships in the two-man, four-man, and team bobsled competitions in Lake Placid, N.Y., in February, concluded the activities by awarding each participant with a gold medal.

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