Mormons in the Olympics: 4-man bobsled

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 2:10 p.m. MST

The team from the United States USA-1, with Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt, take a curve in their second run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Dita Alangkara, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Two members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints competed in the four-man bobsled race on the last two days of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Mormon and U.S. Army soldier Chris Fogt, 30, of Alpine, was the brakeman on the bronze-medal-winning USA-1 Night Train 2 sled with driver Steve Holcomb. It’s Fogt’s first Olympic medal.

Each sled takes four runs down the track and the team with the lowest combined score takes gold.

The team's combined time of 3 minutes, 40.99 seconds was 0.39 seconds behind the gold-meal-winning Russian sled. The Latvia 1 sled won silver. The USA-1 team beat a second Russian team by 0.04 seconds.

Canadian and Mormon David Bissett, 34, helped push the Canada-2 sled driven by Lyndon Rush to a ninth-place finish. The team's time of 3:41.76 was 1.16 seconds behind the Russians. It was the Canada 3 sled that crashed and all of the athletes walked away from the sled after it took the last few turns on its side.

Bissett, a three-time Olympian, won a bronze medal in 2010.

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