Freeskiers highlight Utahns in action Thursday
Published: February 20, 2014 12:23AM
Updated: February 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • You can tell we’re getting close to the end of the Sochi Olympics because there are fewer and fewer locals competing with just four days to go.

Freeskiers Maddie Bowman, Brita Sigourney and Angeli VanLaanen — all Utah residents — represent the best chances to medal Thursday in the halfpipe skiing, one of the new events in the Olympics. They’ll attempt to follow Park City’s Sage Kotsenburg and Joss Christensen, who both won gold in other new events — snowboard slopestyle and ski slopestyle, respectively.

Meanwhile, Park City’s Bill Demong will try to go out on top in the Nordic combined team event in which he will compete with fellow Parkites Bryan and Taylor Fletcher. Demong was the first American to win a gold medal in Nordic combined at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but he inexplicably finished just 31st in the large-hill event, where he was aiming to defend his title.

- Michael C. Lewis.