While you continue to watch the 230 athletes from the United States of America represent our country at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, take a moment to read this article listing the six active duty athletes from the U.S. military, representing not only their country but their respective branches in the Olympics.
According to the Army, there are nine athletes in the Olympics: Cpt. Christopher Fogt, in the bobsled event; 1LT Michael Kohn, bobsled; SFC Tuffield LaTour, skeleton; SSG William Tavares, luge; SSG Jen Lee, sled hockey; SGT Nicholas Cunningham, bobsled; SGT Preston Griffall, luge; SGT Matthew Mortensen, luge; SGT Justin Olsen, bobsled; and SGT Dallas Robinson, bobsled.
These athletes work under the Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), which pays active soliders military salaries while they train to win a spot on the Olympic team. These soldier athletes must pass a rigorous application process to be admitted to the program. According to the Army WCAP website, since 1948, 446 soldier athletes have represented their country at both summer and winter Olympic events. These soldiers have won multiple gold, silver and bronze medals.
The Army also operates a WCAP Paralympic Program for soldiers with physical disabilities in multiple summer and winter Olympic sports. For more information, visit www.thearmywcap.com