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Olympic gold medalist visits Doylestown nursing center

Bobsled driver Steven Holcomb gave medals to patients who participated in walking and emotional wellness activities.

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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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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