Utahns make U.S. Olympic Committee list of finalists for the 2014 Best of the U.S. Olympic Awards

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 2:36 p.m. MST

Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States waves during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


The U.S. Olympic Committee selected its finalists the first-ever Best of the U.S. Olympic Awards.

There are 10 categories for the 2014 Sochi Olympics: Best Male/Female Olympian; Best Male/Female Paralympian; Team of the Olympic/Paralympic Games; Moment of the Olympic/Paralympic Games; Team Behind the Team Award and Fan of the Games Award.

Awards will be determined by popular vote on the Team USA Facebook page.

Park City native Ted Ligety picked up a nomination for Best Male Olympian after he became the first American to win gold in men's giant slalom and the second to win two gold medals in alpine skiing. Also, the Men's USA-1 bobsled received a Team of the Olympic Games nomination after Park City resident Steven Holcomb together with Steve Langton won a bronze medal for the U.S. in the two-man bobsled to end a 62-year drought at that event. Furthermore, Holcomb and Langton joined Curt Tomasevicz and Alpine native Chris Fogt to win the bronze in the four-man bobsled.

The final nomination with Utah ties went to Noelle Pikus-Pace's medal celebration for Moment of the Olympic Games. After struggling with injuries at previous Olympic Games, Pikus-Pace took home the silver in the skeleton.

Fan voting opened on Monday and will remain open until March 21. The winners will be announced on April 7 at the Best of the U.S. Olympic Awards Show on NBCSP.

Head to the Team USA Facebook page to cast your vote.

Lafe Peavler is a Web sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler