United States bobsledder Steven Holcomb's untimely death last year shocked the fraternity and brought them closer, members of the team said on Friday.

Holcomb, 37, who came back from a suicide attempt over impending blindness to win Olympic gold in 2010, was found dead in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York in May.

"We've become more than a team, we've become a brotherhood that I haven't seen in the past 10 years in the sport. It's just how we all came together," Nick Cunningham, who will compete in two-man and four-man events, said on Friday.