VANCOUVER, British Columbia — American Chris Fogt and Canadian David Bissett will be the final two Mormon athletes to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics during four-man bobsled runs Friday and Saturday.
Fogt is brakeman on the United States' No. 2 sled. He attended American Fork High School, was a track star at Utah Valley University and served an LDS mission in the Philippines. The USA-2 sled, with driver John Napier, is among the highest ranked, so the team has a good chance to medal.
Bissett, a former University of Alberta running back, is in his second Games. He'll be on one of Canada's two four-man bobsled teams.
Four-man competition is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 3:35 p.m. (Mountain time) Friday and Saturday. Total time from all four runs determines winning sleds.
In the 2006 Olympics, Bissett slid in both two- and four-man races, but for this year was only slated for the four-man field.
However, Sunday he replaced the injured brakeman in Canada's No. 1 two-man sled. Saturday night that sled crossed the finish line upside down in the second heat; brakeman Lascelles Brown was not seriously hurt but did not slide in the third and fourth runs Sunday. With Bissett taking Brown's place, the two-man team rose from 21st place to 15th place over the final two runs.
One other LDS bobsledder, former BYU soccer star Shauna Rohbock, competed Tuesday and Wednesday (see the sports section of today's Deseret News for results). She won a silver medal during the 2006 Olympics.
The most prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints competing in the Olympics this year is Torah Bright, an Australian who took first place in women's snowboard halfpipe (see story on Page M1).
Other Mormon Olympians:
Noelle Pikus-Pace of Eagle Mountain, Utah County, was one-tenth of a second short of a medal, taking fourth in women's skeleton.
Christian Niccum, Woodinville, Wash., finished in sixth place in men's doubles.
Steven Nyman, Sundance, finished 20th in the men's alpine downhill ski race. Erik Fisher of Middleton, Idaho, was one of five members of the U.S. alpine ski team but was not among the four who raced.