Did you know that Mormon Olympians have won 2 gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze, and countless accolades for their countries as they righteously compete to be the best at their sport? Over the years there have been some amazing LDS Olympic competitors--take a tour through this rich history, and get to know them and their accomplishments by video, below:
While this list is by no means complete, it does include many notable LDS Winter Olympians that have competed throughout history. Each is listed by name, with their country, event, and final rank noted.
Let us know about other Mormon Winter Olypmians in the comments!
Corey Engen – USA, Cross country (75th) and Nordic combined (26th). Engen and his brothers helped promote skiing in Utah and Idaho.
Marvin Melville – USA, Men’s downhill skiing, ranked AC T. Melville also coached Jean Saubert, who he converted and baptized. (She competed in 1964--see below.)
1960 Squaw Valley, California
Barbara Day Lockhart – USA, Speed Skating, ranked 18th in the 1,500 metres. She also ended up serving on the General Relief Society Board.
Fred Etcher – Canada, Men’s Ice Hockey (Silver). He still holds the record for the most points (9 goals) in a single Olympic tournament and is also tied for the record of the most assists in a single Olympic tournament (12 assists).
Marvin Melville – USA, Men’s downhill skiing, ranked 22T.
Barbara Day Lockhart – USA, Speed Skating, ranked 10th in the 1,000 metres and 23rd in the 3,0000 metres. She was the first woman ever on the US speed skating Olympic team.
Jean Saubert – USA, Women’s Downhill (26th) Giant Slalom (Silver), Slalom (Bronze); She was elected as a torchbearer for 2002.
1968 Grenoble France
Kenneth Shelley – USA, Pair Figure Skating (13th)
Kenneth Shelley – USA, Men’s single figure skating (4th) and Pairs Figure Skating (4th)
Teri McGee Walker – USA, Skiing Demonstration Event (Gold). She was awarded the medal for perseverance in the sport, after having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a child.
1992 Albertville France
Ian Harvey - USA, Cross Country Skiing along with his wife, Antje Misersky Harvey (Germany) Biathalon
Antje Misersky Harvey - Germany, Biathalon (Gold, 2 Silver). As a teenager, and a Mormon, she refused to take steroids and was kicked off the German natiional cross-country ski team.
2002 Salt Lake City
Dinah Browne – US Virgin Islands, Luge (28th). She was the first black woman to compete i the luge.
Werner Hoeger - Venezuela, Luge (40th). Father of fellow teammate, Christ Heoger.
Chris Hoeger – Venezuela, Luge (31st) Son of fellow teammate, Werner Hoeger.
Gea Johnson – USA, Bobsled (5th). This was the first year women could compete in Bobsled.
Joe Pack - USA, Freestyle Skiing (Silver). The event took place in Park City--Pack's hometown.
Sabine Ruckauer – Germany, Women’s ice hockey (6th). Her German team won the national ice hockey title for four consecutive years.
Tamami Tanaka – Japan, Biathlon 7.5km sprint (29th), 10km pursuit (23rd), 15km (45th), 4x7.5km relay (14th)
Bill Schuffenhauer – USA, Men’s Four Boblsed (Silver). His medal helped end a 46-year gap in US medals in Bobsled.
David Bisset – Canada, Bobsled, Men’s Two (11th), Men’s Four (18th)
Torah Bright – Australia, Snowboarding (5th)
Michele Despain – Argentina, Luge (24th) - wife of fellow Mormon Olympian Chris Hoeger
Werner Hoeger - Venezuela, Luge (32nd). Competing this year without his son and fellow Olympian, Chris Hoeger.
Steve Nyman – USA, Skiing: Men’s Downhill (19th), Men’s Super G (43rd), Men’s Combined (29th)
Joe Pack - USA, Freestyle Skiing (15th)
Shauna Rohbock - USA, Bobsled (Silver). In high school, Rohbock was a hepathlete--she was named all-American twice in both soccer and track.
Christian Niccum– USA, Men’s Luge (23rd). This year, he will have competed in three separate Olympics.
Bill Schuffenhauer – USA, Bobsled, Men’s Two (14th), Men’s 4 (6th)
Tamami Tanaka – Japan, Biathlon 7.5km sprint (65th), 15km (32nd), 4x6km relay (16th)
David Bisset – Canada, Bobsled, Men’s Two (15th), Men’s Four (Bronze). Bisset is a former Canadian football star.
Torah Bright – Australia, Snowboarding (Gold)
Chris Fogt – USA, Bobsled (AC). His sled crashed on the second run and he was unable to finish the last two runs.
Christian Niccum – USA, Men’s Luge, Mixed Men’s Doubles (6th).
Steve Nyman – USA, Men’s Downhill Skiing (6th)
Noelle Pikus Pace – USA, Women’s skeleton (4th). She missed the podium by .1 seconds.
Shauna Rohbock - USA, Bobsled (6th)
Bill Schuffenhauer – USA, Men’s Four Bobsled (13th)
Be sure to keep an eye out for these Mormon Olympians in this year’s games.
Erik Fisher (aka, the Flyin' Fish) – USA, Downhill, Super G
Kate Hansen – USA, Luge (10th). She's been viral this year with her pre-competition warm-up dances.
Jessika Jenson – USA, Slopestyle Snowboarding
Eric Neilson – Canada, Skeleton. Neilson first started skeleton when he was already 25 years old.
Noelle Pikus Pace – USA, Women’s skeleton (Silver)
Chris Fogt – USA, Bobsled (AC)
Christian Niccum – USA Men’s Luge team relay (6th), doubles (11th)
David Bisset – Canada, Men’s Two event Bobsled
Torah Bright – Australia, Snowboarding (Silver)