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Mormon Olympians: Nyman to race Monday

  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Sundance, Utah, resident Steven Nyman will be the first of eight Mormon 2010 Olympians to compete. He will compete in the alpine-skiing men's downhill. The race has been rescheduled and will now take place on Monday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time.Two LDS Church members — Nyman and Erik Fisher of Middleton, Idaho — are on the five-man U.S. alpine ski team. Each country can race a maximum of four skiers. Nyman and Fisher were competing for the fourth spot; Fisher will not be racing Saturday."He understands that he's the fifth guy," U.S. Ski Team men's coach Sasha Rearick said, adding that Nyman "has been skiing more consistently."Six other Olympic athletes are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and their competition dates):Christian Niccum, Woodinville, Wash., U.S. luge doubles, Wednesday, Feb. 17.
  • Torah Bright, Australia, snowboarding - women's halfpipe, Thursday, Feb. 18.
  • Noelle Pikus-Pace, Orem, Utah, U.S. women's skeleton, Thursday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19.
  • Shauna Rohbock, Orem, Utah, U.S. women's bobsled, Tuesday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, Feb. 24.
  • Chris Fogt, American Fork, Utah, U.S., four-man bobsled, and David BissettCanada, four-man bobsled, Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27.

Bode Miller, Andrew Weibrecht, Nyman and Marco Sullivan were selected for the U.S. Olympic men's downhill competition. Rearick announced his picks Friday, when the final training run ahead of Saturday's race was canceled because of overnight rain. The men's downhill is the first event on the alpine schedule at the Vancouver Games.Miller, of Franconia, N.H., was the top American in Thursday's downhill training, finishing eighth. Weibrecht, of Lake Placid, N.Y., was 10th; Nyman was 27th; and Sullivan, of Squaw Valley, Calif., 49th. Fisher was disqualified Thursday for missing a gate.The men were scheduled to have three downhill practice runs, but only Thursday's was completed. Wednesday's session was called off because of fog after only 42 of 87 scheduled racers skied the Olympic course.But because Thursday's was a full session, the race can go ahead as planned — weather permitting. The forecast is for rain and snow for much of Saturday.