Pikus-Pace and Fogt
receive honorary doctoral degrees from UVU
OREM, Utah - Former Utah Valley University track & field stars and 2014 Winter Olympic medalists Noelle Pikus-Pace and Chris Fogt received honorary doctoral degrees from UVU during the institution's commencement on Thursday evening at the UCCU Center.
Pikus-Pace and Fogt, who are both alumni of UVU, earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, for Team USA at the recent Sochi Olympics.
Pikus-Pace picked her silver medal in the sport of skeleton while Fogt
picked up his bronze with his `Night Train 2' teammates in the four-man bobsled.
It was a hero's welcome when Chris Fogt
returned to Alpine, Utah, for a hometown celebration after winning the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics as member of the four-man bobsled team 'Night Train 2'.
The 2008 Utah Valley University
business management graduate was introduced to bobsled when recruiters saw his
speed and strength at a college track meet.
Fogt was captain of UVU's track team for two years and set six school records.
Incidentally, Chris' brother, Mike, is a member of this year's UVU's track and field team.
While at UVU, Chris joined the ROTC during his sophomore year and earned his commission as a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Branch.
After an impressive performance at a training camp, Fogt joined the Army's World Class Athlete Program, which allowed him to compete for the U.S. while serving his country as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Despite having to interrupt his
training and competition for an extended military deployment in Iraq, he
way up to win the U.S. National Push Championship which qualified him to compete with the top-rated bobsled team.
In 2010, Chris
qualified for the U.S. Olympic team
and competed in Vancouver on the four-man USA-2 bobsled, but the bobsled lost control and crashed, landing them in last place.
Shortly after this disappointing loss, Chris
was deployed to Iraq for a year.
returned home in July 2011, he
immediately began training for the 2014 Olympics.
On the final day of the Sochi games, his
team won a bronze medal, earning Chris his
first Olympic medal -- though he
hopes not his
plans to try for another medal in the 2018 Olympics.
Chris reports back to military service May 5.
proudly says: "When I look down at that flag on my suit it reminds me of my buddies in Iraq and it reminds me to push harder."
wife, Rachel, are expecting their first child in July.