Mormons in the Olympics: Snowboard cross, men's skeleton, bobsled

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 3:07 p.m. MST

The team from the United States USA-2, piloted by Cory Butner, left, and brakeman Christopher Fogt, wave to fans after their final run during the men's two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Jae C. Hong, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A trio of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints competed in the Winter Olympics during the Presidents Day weekend.

Men's skeleton

Canadian Eric Neilson came in 13th overall in the men’s skeleton race on Saturday. The 33-year-old’s combined time for his four runs was 3 minutes, 48.77 seconds and was 4.48 seconds behind the gold medal time. He was 8th after the first run.

Neilson’s silver helmet with a maple leaf design was noted as one of the creative ones among the racers.

Snowboard cross

Australia’s Torah Bright competed in her third event of the Winter Games — snowboard cross, or boarder cross as it’s commonly called.

In the quarterfinal run, she ended up fifth of six in her race after a fall as she tried to move ahead of another competitor. She did finish the race.

The top three in each quarterfinal moved on to the semifinal.

The 27-year-old, who calls Salt Lake City home for part of the year, had won silver in the women’s halfpipe and was seventh in the slopestyle competitions.

Two-man bobsled

USA’s Chris Fogt, 30, of Alpine, took 12th in the two-man bobsled races with pilot Cory Butner on the USA-2 sled.

The pair was third after the first heat, and dropped to 11th after the second heat.

Click here for an interview with Fogt after the race.

Upcoming events

Fogt is part of the USA 1 sled crew for the four-man bobsled event this weekend.

Also, Canadian David Bissett is a pusher for the Canada 1 sled. The first two heats are on Saturday and the second two are on Sunday.

The winner will be the team with the fastest combined time.

Click here for a list of Mormons competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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