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.
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.
When to watch: Races to be determined.
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.
When to watch: Races to be determined.
Snowboard: Jessika Jenson, 22, of Rigby, Idaho, is one of four women on the women’s snowboard slopestyle team. Slopestyle is a new event for snowboarders in the Olympics.
When to watch: The qualifications are on Thursday, Feb. 6, with the semifinals and finals on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Bobsled: David Bissett, 34, took bronze in the four-man bobsled in the 2010 Games in Vancouver with teammates Lyndon Rush, Chris Le Bihan and Lascelles Brown.
Bissett, who served a mission in Las Vegas and is in the Crystalridge Ward, Calgary Alberta Foothills Stake, is on the Canada 1 sled with driver Rush. This will be Bissett's third Olympics.
When to watch: The first two heats are on Saturday, Feb. 22, and the second two on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Skeleton: Eric Neilson, 33, of the Victoria 1st Ward, Victoria British Columbia Stake, tried the sport because of the 2010 Games in Vancouver and a friend's invitation to try it with him, according to his profile on the Canada Skeleton website. Since he’s been hooked on the sport, he made his World Cup debut in 2011 and was fourth at the 2013 World Championships in Switzerland.
When to watch: The first two runs are on Friday, Feb. 14, and the final two are on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Snowboard: Torah Bright, who took gold in the halfpipe in 2010, has qualified in three snowboard disciplines for the 2014 Games — halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboard cross. Slopestyle and snowboard cross are new events in the Olympics in Sochi.
Bright, 27, of Cooma, Australia, who lives in the U.S. and is in the Sugar House Ward, Salt Lake Utah Sugar House Stake, carried the flag for her country in the Vancouver Games opening ceremony.
Sochi will be her third Olympics — she was fifth in the halfpipe in 2006 in Torino, Italy.
When to watch: The slopestyle qualifications are on Thursday, Feb. 6, and the semifinals and finals are on Sunday, Feb. 9. The halfpipe competition is on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The snowboard cross races are on Sunday, Feb. 16.
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