A Killeen resident and Fort Hood soldier will compete this week in the four-man bobsled event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Maj. Christopher Fogt, 34, a soldier the with 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is returning to the Olympic stage for the third time, this time as a brakeman for a four-man team including Carlo Valdes and fellow soldiers Sgt. 1st Class Nate Weber, 10th Special Forces Group, and Sgt. Justin Olsen of the New York Army National Guard.

Fogt competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter games and won bronze during the 2014 Sochi games.

In an Associated Press interview Feb. 2, Fogt said soldiers do well at sliding events because of the teamwork involved.

“In the Army, you have to be part of a team from your very first day of basic training. On top of that,

we’ve been through worse situations,” he said in the interview. “When you’re bobsledding, and it’s minus-20 degrees on the hill and it’s snowin’ and blowin’, you remember you’ve been on the field without meals in this kind of weather, hanging out in a foxhole. So that mental toughness helps us a lot.”

The men’s four-man bobsled events begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and will continue through Saturday.

Medals will be presented beginning at 7:40 p.m. Saturday.

dbryant@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7554

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