VANCOUVER, British Columbia — American Chris Fogt and Canadian David Bissett were the final two Mormon athletes to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, during four-man bobsled runs Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27.
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.
Bissett, a former University of Alberta running back, was in his second Games. He raced on one of Canada's two four-man bobsled teams.
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, a week into the Games he replaced the injured brakeman in Canada's No. 1 two-man sled. On the first night of two-man competition 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 the next day. 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 and Orem, Utah, native Shauna Rohbock, finished sixth in women's competition. That was a disappointing finish for her, because she had 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 1).
Other Mormon Olympians:
Noelle Pikus-Pace of Eagle Mountain, Utah, was one-tenth of a second short of a medal, taking fourth in women's skeleton (see separate story above).
Christian Niccum, Woodinville, Wash., finished in sixth place in men's doubles.
Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah, 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.
— Mormon Times