Meet Team USA's Military Olympians of 2018

Service Members Going for Gold

Mental toughness, laser-sharp focus, and drive are essential when serving in the military. They’re also the perfect winning recipe for competing in the Olympics. With more than 446 soldier-athletes participating in the winter and summer games since 1948, service members are no strangers to using their skills to represent Team USA in more ways than one.

Not to mention they’ve been really good at it, too. Military Olympians have taken home more than 111 medals across a variety of sports, including bobsled, track and field, boxing, wrestling, and shooting. This year, seven Army soldiers and two coaches are hoping to add to that tally in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Most of this year’s military athletes are a part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP). Established in 1997, the program provides nationally and internationally ranked soldier-athletes with training and support to compete in the Olympic Games. Athletes go through an extensive application process and receive elite training once they are selected. Since its inception, the WCAP has helped enable 55 service members to participate in the summer and winter Olympic Games.

Meet the military athletes going for gold in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games!

Sgt. Emily Sweeney: Luge – Women’s Singles

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Hailing from Suffield, Connecticut, Sgt. Sweeney joined the Army in December 2011 and currently serves as a military police officer. She has placed in several World Cups, achieving her first gold in the 2017 Winterberg World Cup in Germany. Sweeney makes her Olympic debut in this year’s winter games.

Sgt. Taylor Morris: Luge – Men’s Singles

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Alternate in the 2014 Winter Olympics and two-time Junior National champion, Sgt. Morris comes from South Jordan, Utah. He is a Human Resource Specialist in the Army’s Adjutant General Corps, and has been serving since July 2011.

Sgt. Matthew Mortensen: Luge – Men’s Doubles

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This year will mark Sgt. Mortensen’s second time competing in the Winter Olympics, after having placed 14th in the 2014 Sochi Games. He joined the Army in February 2010 and currently serves as an Interior Electrician. He'll be representing Team USA as well as his hometown of Huntington Station, New York.

Capt. Chris Fogt & Sgt. Justin Olsen: Bobsleigh – Two-man and Four-man

Army Sgt. Justin Olsen, left, and Army Capt. Chris Fogt, right with medal, pose in the White House East Room before President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama honored members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Lisa Ferdinando/Released)(Image Source: DODlive.mil)

Sgt. Olsen is an Olympic champion from San Antonio, Texas, who will be competing for the third time this year. He was a part of the four-man team that took home gold in the 2010 Vancouver Games. This accomplishment marked the first time in 62 years that Team USA placed first in bobsleigh. In addition to his Olympic achievements, he is a two-time World Champion. Olsen joined the Army in June 2011 and currently serves as a Human Resource Specialist in the Army’s Adjutant General Corps. 

Capt. Fogt is a Military Intelligence Officer from Alpine, Utah who has been serving in the Army since March 2009. He participated in the 2010 winter games in Vancouver, and took home the bronze medal in the 2014 games in Sochi.

Sgt. Nick Cunningham: Bobsleigh – Two-man and Four-man

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A Construction/Masonry Engineer from Monterey, California, Sgt. Cunningham joined the Army in March 2011. He brings prior Olympic experience with him to this year’s competition, after having participated in both the 2010 and 2014 games.

Sgt. 1st Class Nate Weber: Bobsleigh – Four-man

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Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Weber will be making his Olympic debut this year. He is a Special Forces Medic who has been serving in the Army since 2005. Weber grew up in Denver, Colorado.

Sgt. Shauna Rohbock: Bobsleigh Coach

Army Sgt. Shauna Rohbock of the Utah National Guard is competing in the women’s bobsledding event at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy. (Source: Defense.gov)

Sgt. Rohbock is a bobsled driving coach who has extensive experience as a military athlete. She took home the silver medal in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, competed in the 2010 Vancouver Games, and participated in the world championships from 1999 to 2013. Rohbock joined the Army in February 2000 and currently serves as a Human Resources Specialist in the Army’s Adjutant General Corps. She is from Park City, Utah.

Capt. Michael Bryan Kohn: Bobsleigh Coach

(U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres) World Class Athletes Spc. Mike Kohn (L) and Spc. Doug Sharp celebrate after learning they just won the bronze medal in men's four-man bobsled at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games (Image Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Capt. Kohn will use his expertise as a military Olympian by coaching bobsleigh in this year’s games. He placed third in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, competed in the 2010 and 2014 winter games, and participated in the world championships from 1999 to 2010. Born in Myrtle Beach, California, Kohn joined the Army in March 1999 and currently serves as an Infantry Officer.

Jeremy Davis

About the author: Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is a digital marketing professional and self-proclaimed finance nerd. He spends most of his spare time boring friends with budgeting and investing hacks. As the proud son of an Army veteran (hi Mom!), he also has a deep connection and appreciation for the men and women who serve our country.

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