The 2010 Vancouver Olympics are well under way and many Olympians, well-known and not-so well-known, are making names for themselves across the world. This year’s Olympics brought out eight LDS athletes who are doing well and the Mormon Times has been covering their tracks.Skeleton runner, Noelle Pikus-Pace, came close to a bronze medal. Though it may seem not something to be too proud of, Pikus-Pace was pleased with herself. After finishing fourth place, she said, “I could never picture this moment any better than it is.” (Mormon TImes report) Her excitement is for good reason considering that a recent surgery could have stopped her from competing in the Olympics. Fourth place for Pikus-Pace is a happy place to be.
Torah Bright (AP: Marcio Sanchez)
More exciting news came for an LDS Olympian. Australian Torah Bright took the gold medal in the snowboarding half-pipe. This, like Pikus-Pace’s fourth place win, was a miracle. Before the Olympics, Bright suffered three concussions, none of which seemed to phase her in Canada. “My parents have taught me ever since I was young, if you’re going to do something, give it your best shot,” she said. “And that’s what I’ve done with my snowboarding.” (Mormon Times report) Her brother and coach, Ben Bright, knew the run would be fabulous and Torah knew it too. Before she even knew her score and before the judge’s announcement, she was celebrating. Even more exciting was that her parents were among the ecstatic Aussie crowd. When she found out they had come, she cried.
But the excitement for LDS Olympians doesn’t end there. Christian Niccum, a luger, placed sixth in the men’s double luge. Out of the two American entries for this event, Niccum and his luging partner had the best overall results. His teammate, Dan Joye, said, “We are the best U.S. team right now, and I’m very proud of that.” (Mormon Times report)
Another LDS Olympian, Steven Nyman, went into the Olympics at sixth place overall in the alpine skiing downhill event. He finished in twentieth place and hit speeds of sixty-nine (69) miles per hour during his run. (Mormon Times report)
Christian Niccum, luger (AP: Michael Sohn)
Overall, the eight LDS Olympic athletes are doing very well. To read more about the LDS Olympians in Vancouver this year, please click here.
For more information about LDS Olympic athletes: please visit the Mormon Times sports page. More photos of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics can be seen on the Associated Press’ winter games page.