Mormon luger is best American with sixth-place finish

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 17 2010 10:44 p.m. MST

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Christian Niccum, one of eight Mormon athletes to compete in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, finished in sixth place in men's doubles luge on Wednesday, Feb. 17.Niccum, of Woodinville, Wash., and his teammate, Dan Joye, had the best result out of two American entries, finishing 0.586 seconds behind the gold medal-winning time of 1 minute, 22.705 seconds from Andreas and Wolfgang Linger of Austria."The start kind of hindered us," Joye told the Associated Press. "We didn't have the best start in the first run, but going through we picked up speed."Joye and Niccum were making their first doubles appearance as partners."We are the best U.S. team right now, and I'm very proud of that," Joye said.Torah Bright, of Cooma, New South Wales, Australia, and Noelle Pikus-Pace, of Orem, Utah, are the next Mormons to compete. Bright will be competing in the women's halfpipe and Pikus-Pace will be competing in women's skeleton.

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