Mormons competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 6:00 a.m. MST

Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States competes in the women's skeleton fourth heat on day 8 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at the Whistler Sliding Centre on February 19, 2010 in Whistler, Canada.

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Ten athletes from three countries who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are scheduled to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The competitions started Feb. 6, with the opening ceremony on Feb. 7.


Skeleton: Noelle Pikus-Pace, 31, of Eagle Mountain, Utah, came back from injuries, including a freak accident, to be the world champion in 2007. She competed in the 2010 Olympics, where she placed fourth, narrowly missing bronze by one-tenth of a second.

The wife and mother of two, whose home is in the Kiowa Valley 1st Ward, Eagle Mountain Utah East Stake, is a 2005 graduate of Utah Valley State College and has a master's degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University.

When to watch: The first two heats are on Thursday, Feb. 13, and the second two are on Friday, Feb. 14.

Luge: This will be 36-year-old Christian Niccum's third Olympics

He was 23rd in the 2006 Games in Italy. In 2010, he competed in the doubles luge and placed sixth with Dan Joye.

The Woodinville, Wash., husband and father of three will race with Jayson Terdiman in Sochi. He lives in the Cottage Lake Ward, Bothell Washington Stake.

When to watch: Both runs are on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Twenty-one-year-old Kate Hansen of La Canada, Calif., and the Glendale 7th Ward, La Crescenta California Stake, competed injured when she earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She also won her first World Cup event on Jan. 25 in Latvia.

The Brigham Young University sophomore was the 2013 national champion and she was the youngest U.S. luge junior world champion at 15.

When to watch: The first two runs are on Monday, Feb. 10, and the second two are on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Bobsled: Chris Fogt, of the Alpine 4th Ward, Alpine Utah Stake, competed in Vancouver at the 2010 Games as a push athlete in the USA-2 sled, which crashed on one of its runs, and has since competed in both two-man and four-man events.

Fogt, 30, served a Mormon mission in the Philippines and is also a captain in the U.S. Army. He was deployed right after the 2010 Games.

The Utah Valley University graduate was married in August, and he and his wife are expecting their first child in May.

When to watch: The two-man events are on Sunday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 17; and the four-man events are on Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23.

Coaches will decide if Fogt participates in two-man during the Games. He and Steve Langton have shared runs with driver Steve Holcomb this season with equal success.

Skiing: Steve Nyman, who calls Sundance home and is in the Riverwoods Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont North Stake, is on the U.S. Alpine skiing team headed to Russia. This is his third Olympics. In 2010 in Vancouver, he was 20th in men's downhill, and in 2006 in Italy, he took 19th in men's downhill, 29th in men's combined and 43rd in men's super G. He’s taken two World Cup firsts — in 2006 and 2012.

Nyman, who will turn 32 on Feb. 12 and who started skiing at age 2, has created a fantasy skiing website at fantasyskiracer.com. He also has overcome a torn Achilles tendon.

When to watch: Races to be determined.

Idaho native Erik "Fish" Fisher, 28, was named to the 2010 Olympic Alpine ski team, but a broken hand prevented him from competing.

He took off part of the 2013 season to heal from injuries, according to his profile on the U.S. ski team’s website. Fisher, who has been skiing since he was 3 and is in the Black Canyon YSA Branch, Middleton Idaho Stake, started the website Skodeo.com in 2009.

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