Seeing is believing

February, 24, 2010
Eye ChartCourtesy of Alyssa RoenigkSteve Holcomb had an Olympics-inspired prank waiting for him.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- At the press conference for men's bobsled, Steven Holcomb, captain of USA I men's bobsled, was punked by his teammates. At the end of the conference, his teammates told him he had to take his final eye exam in front of the media. The exam was administered by Dr. Boxer Wachler, the doctor who restored Holcomb's vision last year. When he walked up to read the chart, he thought this was actually legit, and started reading, line by line -- until he realized they'd changed the chart to spell out "The Night Train Will Win Olympic Gold." Night Train is the name of Holcomb's bobsled.

Alyssa Roenigk

ESPN The Magazine senior writer
Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness. (Follow @ESPN_Alyssa on Twitter).




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