Army Events

SGT Nick Cunningham

AGE: 27

HOMETOWN: Monterey, Calif.

EVENT: Bobsled

CAREER: Engineer

 

Cunningham took up bobsled on a dare from his parents, who never seriously thought he would give the sport a try. A high school football and track standout, Cunningham made U.S. team in 2008 and competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He will compete in both the four-man and two-man bobsled in Sochi.

 

 

 

CPT Christopher Fogt

AGE: 30
HOMETOWN: Alpine, Utah

EVENT: Bobsled

CAREER: Military Intelligence

 

Fogt joined the sport of bobsled in 2007, after attending a camp in Lake Placid, NY. Following the 2010 Winter Olympics, Fogt spent a year in Iraq. He returned to the sport following his tour of duty. Fogt is expected to man the USA-1 bobsled, piloted by 2010 gold medalist Steven Holcomb.

SGT Preston Griffall

AGE: 29
HOMETOWN: Salt Lake City, Utah
EVENT: Luge

CAREER: Adjutant General Corps


Griffall competed in the luge event during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, but narrowly missed a bid to compete in Vancouver four years later. His resilience and hard work earned him a spot on Team USA for Sochi, where he will compete in the doubles luge with teammate Matthew Mortensen.

1LT Michael Kohn

AGE: 41
HOMETOWN: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
EVENT: Bobsled (Assistant Coach)

CAREER: Infantry


Kohn joined the Army National Guard in 1999, and competed in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 olympics, winning the bronze medal in the four-man bobsled in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. He retired from bobsled after the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, accepting a coaching position with the U.S. Team.

SFC Tuffield "Tuffy" Latour

AGE: 45
HOMETOWN: Saranac Lake, New York
EVENT: Skeleton (Head Coach)

CAREER: Engineer

In the past decade, Latour has coached the U.S. women's bobsled team to an Olympic gold medal, the U.S. men's bobsled team to world championship medals, and the Canadian men and women's team to Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals. Latour, a Sergeant First Class in the Vermont National Guard, is now the head coach of the U.S. Skeleton Team.

SSG Jen Lee

AGE: 27
HOMETOWN: San Francisco, California
EVENT: Sled Hockey

CAREER: Aviation

 

Lee discovered sled hockey while rehabilitating from a motorcycle accident in 2009, and has since helped the U.S. Team secure gold and silver medals at the 2012 and 2013 Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships.

SGT Matthew Mortensen

AGE: 28
HOMETOWN: Huntington Station, New York
EVENT: Luge
CAREER: Engineering

Mortensen has been a member of the U.S. national team since age 15, and was nominated for the 2014 Olympic squad just three days before his 28th birthday. He will compete in the luge doubles with teammate Preston Griffall. 

SGT Justin Olsen

AGE: 26

HOMETOWN: San Antonio

EVENT: Bobsled

CAREER: Adjutant General Corps

 

Olsen returns to the 2014 Olympic Games in hopes of repeating his gold medal performance in the four-man bobsled four years ago in Vancouver. He was also part of the team that won the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Since then, injuries have forced him out of Team USA's No. 1 sled, but he is determined to work his way back with a strong showing this Winter Games.

Dallas Robinson

AGE: 31

HOMETOWN: Georgetown, Ky.

EVENT: Bobsled

CAREER: Transportation


Robinson went from coaching track at Berea College in Kentucky to make a surprise bid to the U.S. Olympic team. After injuries derailed his track and field career, he took part in a trial in Park City, Utah, where he became hooked on bobsled. Robinson will compete in the four-man event, with hopes of also dipping into the two-man race.

SSG William Tavares

AGE: 50
HOMETOWN: Lake Placid, New York
EVENT: Luge (Coach)
CAREER: Infantry

 

Tavares has coached U.S. bobsled and luge athletes to more than 100 medals in World Cup and World Championship events. He will be entering his fifth Olympics as a coach (not including the 1992 games, where he was a competitor in the doubles luge). From those Olympics, he has coached the U.S. team to two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.