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Mormons in the Olympics: Niccum, luge relay team take 6th

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 2:41 a.m. MDT

The United States doubles team of Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman speed down the track during the luge team relay competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Charlie Riedel, AP) The United States doubles team of Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman speed down the track during the luge team relay competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Charlie Riedel, AP)

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.

The United States team from left to right, Christian Niccum, Erin Hamlin, Christopher Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman wave to the crowd after the luge team relay competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Natacha Pisarenko, AP) The United States team from left to right, Christian Niccum, Erin Hamlin, Christopher Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman wave to the crowd after the luge team relay competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Natacha Pisarenko, AP)

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.

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.

Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States starts her first run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. She was second after Thursday's first two heats. The second two runs are scheduled for Friday. (Dita Alangkara, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States starts her first run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. She was second after Thursday's first two heats. The second two runs are scheduled for Friday. (Dita Alangkara, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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