Mormon Olympians compete well in Vancouver

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 24 2010 12:23 a.m. MST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — American Chris Fogt and Canadian David Bissett will be the final two Mormon athletes to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics during four-man bobsled runs Friday and Saturday.Fogt is brakeman on the United States' No. 2 sled. He attended American Fork High School, was a track star at Utah Valley University and served an LDS mission in the Philippines. The USA-2 sled, with driver John Napier, is among the highest ranked, so the team has a good chance to medal.Bissett, a former University of Alberta running back, is in his second Games. He'll be on one of Canada's two four-man bobsled teams.Four-man competition is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 3:35 p.m. (Mountain time) Friday and Saturday. Total time from all four runs determines winning sleds.In the 2006 Olympics, Bissett slid in both two- and four-man races, but for this year was only slated for the four-man field.However, Sunday he replaced the injured brakeman in Canada's No. 1 two-man sled. Saturday night that sled crossed the finish line upside down in the second heat; brakeman Lascelles Brown was not seriously hurt but did not slide in the third and fourth runs Sunday. With Bissett taking Brown's place, the two-man team rose from 21st place to 15th place over the final two runs.One other LDS bobsledder, former BYU soccer star Shauna Rohbock, is still in the running for a medal as of Tuesday night. She won a silver medal during the 2006 Olympics.The most prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints competing in the Olympics this year is Torah Bright, an Australian who took first place in women's snowboard halfpipe.Other Mormon Olympians:
  • Noelle Pikus-Pace of Eagle Mountain, Utah, was one-tenth of a second short of a medal, taking fourth in women's skeleton.
  • Christian Niccum, Woodinville, Wash., finished in sixth place in men's doubles luge.
  • Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah, finished 20th in the men's alpine downhill ski race.
  • Erik Fisher of Middleton, Idaho, was one of five members of the U.S. alpine ski team but was not among the four who raced.
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