Seven soldier athletes set to join Team USA at 2018 Olympic Winter Games

With just over a week before the start of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Team U.S.A. added seven Army Soldiers to their roster to represent their country again but this time, they’re showcasing their athletic ability.

Sgt. Justin Olsen from San Antonio, Texas, will return to the U.S. bobsled team where he was a gold medalist in the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver.

Sgt. Justin Olsen from San Antonio, Texas, will return to the U.S. bobsled team where he was a gold medalist in the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver. (U.S. Army)

Two of the soldiers will be returning Olympians who have medaled in previous games. Sgt, Justin Olsen from San Antonio, Texas will return to the U.S. bobsled team where he was a gold medalist in the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver and Cpt. Chris Fogt from Alpine, Utah, will also return to bobsled after he received a bronze medal in the 2014 games in Sochi, according to an Army press release.

Cpt. Chris Fogt from Alpine, Utah, a bronze medalist in the 2014 games in Sochi, will join the bobsled team.

Cpt. Chris Fogt from Alpine, Utah, a bronze medalist in the 2014 games in Sochi, will join the bobsled team. (U.S. Army)

Joining the two medalist will be former 2010 and 2014 Olympian Sgt. Nick Cunningham from Monterey, California. Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Weber, of the 10th Special Forces, will complete the bobsled team.

Former 2010 and 2014 Olympian Sgt. Nick Cunningham from Monterey, California also will be on the men's bobsled team.

Former 2010 and 2014 Olympian Sgt. Nick Cunningham from Monterey, California also will be on the men's bobsled team. (U.S Army)

Competing in singles Luge is Sgt. Emily Sweeney from Suffield, Conn. and Sgt. Taylor Morris from South Jordan, Utah. Sgt Matthew Mortensen from Huntington Station, N.Y. is competing in doubles luge.

Sgt. Emily Sweeney from Suffield, Conn. is competeing in singles Luge.

Sgt. Emily Sweeney from Suffield, Conn. is competeing in singles Luge. (U.S. Army)

All but one are athletes in the U.S. Army Installation Management Command's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP).

Sgt. Taylor Morris from South Jordan, Utah also is competing in singles Luge.

Sgt. Taylor Morris from South Jordan, Utah also is competing in singles Luge. (U.S. Army)

WCAP was established in 1997 and it gives soldiers, including the National Guard and the Army Reserve, the opportunity to participate in the Pan American Games, World Championships and Olympic and Paralympic competitions, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.  

Sgt. Matthew Mortensen from Huntington Station, N.Y. is competing in doubles Luge.

Sgt. Matthew Mortensen from Huntington Station, N.Y. is competing in doubles Luge. (U.S. Army)

This year’s Winter Olympic team is currently made up of roughly 242 athletes, 135 men and 107 women. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for February 9.