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Posted 02 May 2002   For week ended March 1, 2002
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LDS Father and Son Luge for Venezuela
Werner Hoeger, 39, and his son, Chris, 17, spent more than $70,000 competing in luge events around the world and were on the road for 68 of 79 days at one point, honing their craft and sharing unforgettable moments. After a lifetime of dreaming and years of training, the father and son competed at the Olympics representing Venezuela. Werner finished 40 and Chris finished 31 out of 50.

Kazakhstan Benefits from Mormon Kindness
Ten years after the Soviet Union collapsed, Kazakhstan developed its own country. A few weeks ago, the Kazakhstan womens hockey team travelled 6,000 miles to Salt Lake City to compete in the XIX Winter Olympic Games and developed a lasting friendship with their new found friends in Utah. Their final game with China put them in eighth and final place in the women's tournament and in first place in the hearts of Utah.

Nine Mormon Olympians But No Medals
A total of nine Mormons competed in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, but unlike in the 2000 Summer Games, none of the nine won medals in their sports. And these Olympians were different from those in the Summer games in other ways, representing a wider variety of countries and including older athletes than those in the Summer Games. And remarkably, only one of the nine represented the United States.

Duke Basketball Honors Returned Missionary Senior
LDS returned missionary Matt Christensen, a second string center on Duke's Blue Devils basketball team, was honored Saturday less than two days before his final appearance with the team.

Sarah Yee Named NSCAA All-American Scholar Athlete
Sarah Higham Yee, a senior on the 2001 BYU women's soccer team was recently named All-American Scholar Athlete by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Nielsen Named to 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Team
BYU senior forward Eric Nielsen was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VIII men's basketball team, released Thursday.

BYU Women Dominate Conference Again, Men Finish Second Behind Colorado State
The BYU women's track team maintained its stranglehold on the conference, coming home from the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track Championships with a fourth consecutive indoor track titles. BYU finished with 175 points, followed by Colorado State with 131 and Wyoming with 101.

BYU-Hawaii Men Gain Top Ranking
Brigham Young University-Hawaii's men's tennis team moved into the top spot in the NCAA II national rankings today for the first time in the school's history. The Seasiders, ranked third in the previous poll took over the top spot on the heels of a hard-fought victory over the previous number one team, Hawaii Pacific.


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