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Top Utah winter Olympians and the moments we'll remember from Sochi (8 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 25, 2014

Utah made quite the impact at the 2014 Winter Olympics, with 11 Olympians with Utah ties winning medals in Sochi.

Here are some of the memorable Utah athletes and moments from Sochi:

Kate Hansen, luge

Hansen was the BYU student that danced her way into our hearts in Sochi. She didn’t medal in luge, finishing 10th. However, she won over the Internet by her dancing before events and by pranking America by crying wolf.

Also, she made a fan out of Beyonce, which is gold medal status in awesomeness.

1 of 8. Devin Logan, ski slopestyle

Logan won silver in the ski slopestyle event, scoring an 85.40 to slip ahead of Canadian Kim Lammare’s 85.00. Logan lives in Park City and moved to Utah when she was 16 years old to pursue her career in skiing.

Perhaps the most memorable moment though was sliding down the final hill on her stomach after a crash on her second run.

2 of 8. Chris Creveling, shorttrack relay team

Creveling, a resident of Midvale, was a member of the U.S. speed skating team that won silver in the 5,000-meter relay in the last days of the Olympics. The silver helped the U.S. speedskating team, which trains in Kearns, avoid a medal-less disaster in Sochi.

Maybe if the U.S. wasn't so crazed about football, it would've won more speedskating medals.

3 of 8. Steven Holcomb/Chris Fogt, bobsled

Park City’s Holcomb won bronze in both the two-man and four-man bobsledding events to close out the Olympics. Fogt, a UVU alum, was also a contributor to the four-man bobsledding bronze medal. Fogt went from serving in war to becoming an Olympic medalist.

Holcomb found himself the subject of a Jimmy Fallon joke about him being "the most likely to find an old hot wing in his pocket", but made the best of it.


4 of 8. Joss Christensen, ski slopestyle

Christensen won gold in the first ever ski slopestyle event, scoring a 95.80 to win. The Utahn had no problems in the event, posting the highest qualifying score. Christensen helped the U.S. pull off a clean sweep of the podium, which was just the third time Team USA has pulled off a clean sweep of an event.

5 of 8. Kaitlyn Farrington/Torah Bright, snowboard halfpipe

Farrington, one of Westminster College’s several Olympians, edged Australian-born, Salt Lake City resident Torah Bright for the gold in the women’s halfpipe event by just 25 tenths of point. Farrington is originally from Idaho, and credited ranching for a lot of her success.