The U.S. luge team, including Mormon Christian Niccum, took sixth in the first Olympic luge team relay.

The team included a women, men and doubles team. The combined time for was 2 minutes, 47.555 seconds — less than a second behind the second-place team.

The German team was first with a time of 2:45.649 and the second place team from Russia had a time of 2:46.679.

Niccum, of Woodinville, Wash., and teammate Jayson Terdiman were 11th in the doubles luge Wednesday.

Skeleton

Noelle Pikus-Pace, of Eagle Mountain, Utah, was second after the first two heats in the women’s skeleton competition.

Each athlete gets four turns down the course and the one with the lowest combined time is the winner.

Pikus-Pace’s first run was in 58.68 seconds and her second one was 58.65 seconds, for combined time of 1:57.33 — .44 seconds behind Great Britain’s Elizabeth Yarnold, who is in first.

Pikus-Pace said during the race broadcast that turns No. 5 and No. 11 were the trickiest for her and she just needs to take them “one curve at a time.”

The final two runs are scheduled for Friday.

She placed fourth in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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Friday events

Other athletes competing Friday who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include Canada’s Eric Neilson in the first two heats of the men’s skeleton race. The second two heats will be Saturday.

Click here for a list of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints competing in Sochi.

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