Famous Mormons in Sports




Stephen Kirlew

arm wresting


Arm Wrestling

 A city arm wrestler has been crowned world champion.

Stephen Kirlew, 25, of Monro Avenue, Crownhill claimed victory at the Professional Armwrestling Conference (PAC) championships in Connecticut, America. He defeated the three times previously victorious Roman Tsindeliani from Russia in the final of the lightweight division (70kgs) on Saturday, September 23, 2006.

Stephen beat off the challenge of 16 of the world’s best arm wrestlers from Brazil, Armenia, Russia and America. The Milton Keynes Arm Wrestling Federation member is also the British champion, having won the competition at Lakeside Shopping Centre at the beginning of September. It is the fourth year in a row he has won the British competition.

He was previously unable to enter as the competition took place on Sundays – meaning devout churchgoer Stephen, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, could not compete on what is a holy day for him.



David Abbott "Ab" Jenkins
auto racing
Auto Racing


He born in Spanish Fork of Welsh ancestry.  He broke various land speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with his speed vehicle 'The Mormon Meteor III.  He was once elected mayor of Salt Lake City without giving a campaign speech.

  Keith Russell
head coach (BYU)
Coach Keith Russell is one of the most successful coaches to ever come to Brigham Young University. His athletes have captured several All-American honors and represented their country in the Olympic games. As a rookie coach in 1993, he helped Vanessa Thelin and Valerie Blau earn All-American status at the NCAA Championships. He followed that success by coaching Thelin to the 1994 NCAA title on the one-meter springboard. www.byucougars.com
  Justin Wilcock
-2005 Whosam Award
-2005 Graduate Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, UT

-Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
-Son of Scott and Cathy Wilcock
-Two older brothers Jeremy and Jason
-Two younger sisters Jami and Jenni
-Began diving at age twelve after a five year career in gymnastics
-Conference diver of the meet all three years he competed for Brigham Young University
-Served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1998 to 2000
-Enjoy being outdoors hiking, camping, waterskiing and snow skiing
Extreme Sports
  Brain Call
snowmobile racing



Paul Ruth
surfing (retired)
He was a member of NSSA (national scholastic surfing association).  He surfed in many competitions in both California and Hawaii.  He's married in the temple and has 4 children.  He has just moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah after retiring from the professional surfing scene.
Source: email from PS, 11 Feb 2005

Photo: Climber.net 
Aaron Shamy
Aaron set a new wall record of 12.61 seconds on the wall in 1999 for the gold medal, but then he left the country for two years on a Mormon Mission to Italy during which time he didn't climb.
  Andrea Wine

(Penn State)



Maggie Germaine
(Arizona State)
She has posted seven of the top 18 all-time all-around scores in Sun Devil history ... one of the finest all-around gymnasts in the nation ... a Maroon and Gold Scholar-Athlete.
  Jack Kowal
assistant coach
  Katie Herman
(University of Cincinnati)
   Click here to go to the Olympics page
  Jason Brockman
Track and Field
 Click here to go to the Olympics page
  Charlie Clinger
high jump
  Creed Haymond
100- & 220-yard dash
Penn State
An inspiring story of his victories at the annual meet of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America in 1919 was retold by Elder L. Tom Perry during the priesthood session of General Conference, 05 Oct 1996. Click here to read that story as printed in the Deseret News.

"He knew that other coaches felt that a little wine was useful for the men who have trained muscles and nerves almost to the snapping point...   He looked his coach in the eye and said, 'I won't take it.'...   Next morning... 'All of the other fellows are ill.   I don't know what's the matter with them,' the coach said seriously."

  David Hoffman
high jump
  Elizabeth Jackson
distance runner
  Breanne Sandberg
cross country (BYU)
  April Steiner
pole vault

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  Scott Bunker
Team USA

Photo Holly Stein

Jake Gibb

pro beach volleyball

"I wanted to be a basketball player," he says of his high school ambitions, back when he was only 6-foot-2 and got cut by the Braves. "That was kind of tough to take," he recalls, adding, "There's not much volleyball in Utah. I grew up kind of thinking it was a girls' sport. Didn't really take it up until after an LDS mission (to Costa Rica)." 
Deseret News

  Carl McGown
Team USA
head coach



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