Fogt and Pikus-Pace both vying for gold in Sochi Pikus-Pace will take part in the skeleton on Thursday and Friday while Fogt will compete in the two-man bobsled on Feb. 16-17 and the four-man on Feb. 22-23.
OREM, Utah - Former Utah Valley University track & field standouts and alumni Chris Fogt and Noelle Pikus-Pace will both be in pursuit of gold for the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over the next 10 days. Fogt will take part in both the two-man and four-man bobsled while Pikus-Pace will compete in the sport of skeleton.
Pikus-Pace will be the first Wolverine to compete, as she'll take to the Sanki Sliding Center at 12:30 a.m. MST late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. Heat number two will then take place right after at 1:40 a.m. MST while heats three and four will come Friday morning at 8:40 a.m. MST and 9:50 a.m. MST. The fourth and final heat will mark the medal round for the sport of skeleton.
Fans interested in cheering Pikus-Pace on can attend a viewing party on Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. - noon at the UVU Grand Ballroom (located in the Sorensen Student Center).
In the two-man bobsleigh, Fogt will be the brakeman for Cory Butner in USA-3. The duo of Fogt and Butner will hit the track Sunday at 9:15 a.m. MST and then again at 10:50 a.m. MST for heats one and two. Heats three and four (medal round) will then come on Monday at 7:30 a.m. MST and 9:05 a.m., respectively. Fogt's four-man bobsleigh team of himself, Steven Holcomb, Seven Langton and Curtis Tomasevicz (USA-1) will then take to the Sanki Sliding Center on Feb. 22 and 23. USA-1 will hit the track for heats one and two on Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m. MST and 11 a.m. MST and heats three and four (medal round) on Feb. 23 at 2:30 a.m. MST and 4 a.m. MST.
All of Pikus-Pace and Fogt's races can be watched live online at NBCOlympics.com and they can also be seen tape-delayed on NBC in primetime on each respective evening.
This year's Olympic Games will mark both Fogt (Alpine, Utah) and Pikus-Pace's (Orem, Utah) second after each competed for Team USA in Vancouver in 2010. Pikus-Pace just missed out on a medal four years ago, as she took fourth in the skeleton, while Fogt's four-man crew did not score after it crashed on its way down the track in its second run.
Both Pikus-Pace and Fogt's four-man crew have been considered by many as contenders to take gold in their respective events. To watch and read more about Pikus-Pace's journey back to the Olympics visit USAToday.com. To read more about Fogt's journey to Sochi visit HeraldExtra.com to read Beky Beaton's latest article from the Daily Herald.
Pikus-Pace graduated from Utah Valley in 2005 and was an All-American track & field athlete during her tenure at UVU as she won the NJCAA Discus National Championship in 2003.
Fogt received his bachelor's degree from UVU in 2008 and the former sprinter for the Wolverines still holds school records in both the 300 and 400-meter dashes for the indoor season.
Fellow UVU alum and former track & field star Akwasi Frimpong is also an alternate for the Netherlands at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the sport of bobsleigh as well. The former sprinter graduated from Utah Valley just last year.