Former Utah Valley University track and field student-athlete Chris Fogt was named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team in the sport of bobsled, as announced Monday by USA Bobsled and Skeleton.
The PyeongChang Winter Games mark Fogt's third Olympic appearance for Team USA, which includes a bronze-medal finish at the 2014 Sochi Games that is in the process of being upgraded to silver. Fogt, who competed in track and field at UVU from 2004-08, will hold the position of brakeman in the four-man bobsled event.
"I look forward to the sense of unity among athletes and fans at the Olympic Games," said Fogt, a UVU business management graduate. "This will be my third Games, and each one has been on a different continent. I am always amazed at how gracious the volunteers are and how people from all over the world, from different cultures, get along. It's fun to walk the streets and hear the different languages and see so much national pride."
During his four-year career in a Wolverine uniform, Fogt spent two years as captain of the men's squad and set six program records. Utah Valley's current indoor 400-meter record holder, Fogt previously held UVU school records in the indoor 60-meter, 200-meter and 300-meter races and outdoor 100 and 200 before starting his bobsledding career.
Fogt credits his time as a student-athlete at Utah Valley University for helping him develop the skills to get to where he is today in his career and sport.
"My time at Utah Valley University has been paramount to my success in the army and as an Olympic athlete," Fogt said. "The faculty and staff were great to work with, had a wide breadth of real-world experience and were very understanding of different students' needs. I was able to take a full course load, work part-time, run track and participate in the school's ROTC program. This helped me realize how much I can accomplish through hard work and prioritizing my goals."
Fogt represents one of 12 male bobsledders named to Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February. Of the 12 bobsledders, the majority participated in collegiate track and field and/or football.
"The men's team showed their grit this season, and Hunter deserves credit for his selflessness, teamwork and composure this past weekend," said USABS CEO Darrin Steele. "We could only name 12 people to the team, but there are a lot of players behind the scenes and on the ice that helped make the dreams of those 12 come true. We lost our anchor when Steven Holcomb passed away in May, and the athletes on this team stepped up to honor him the best way they knew how, which is by laying it all on the line week after week. These athletes made sure the legacy of the U.S. program continued to grow on the trajectory that he set for us."
In addition to being among the 12 U.S. bobsledders, Fogt joins former Wolverine teammate Akwasi Frimpong from Ghana as the only two former UVU athletes competing in this year's Winter Games.
The PyeongChang Games kick off Feb. 9, and conclude Feb. 25. Bobsled will be contested Feb. 18-25, and competition will be held at the Olympic Sliding Centre in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster.
Final selections to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to U.S. Olympic Committee approval. The full team will be announced at the end of January.