USA Luge USA 6th in team rela...

USA 6th in team relay as Sochi luge events come to an end

Feb. 17, 2014, 5:17 p.m. (ET)

SOCHI, Russia - Germany made it a clean sweep of the Olympic luge gold medals in Sochi Thursday night when their individual race winners collaborated for a victory in the team relay.

Singles racers Natalie Geisenberger and Felix Loch, teamed with doubles Olympic champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt to defeat Russia and Latvia on the closing night of luge competition at the Sanki Sliding Center.

The United States, led by Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, placed sixth. Hamlin had the second fastest time among the women, behind only Geisenberger. Chris Mazdzer joined Hamlin in the men's singles slot, with the doubles team of Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman.

The Germans posted a relay time of 2 minutes, 45.649 seconds. They were over a second clear of Russia, with Olympic silver medal winner Albert Demchenko in their lineup.

The third place Latvians were paced by Olympic bronze medal winners in doubles Andris and Juris Sics, who clocked 2:47.295.

The United States foursome registered a time of 2:47.555.

Upon conclusion of the inaugural Olympic team relay in the 50th anniversary of luge as an Olympic sport, FIL President Josef Fendt said, “It was a showcase performance for this new discipline and for our sport. The enthusiasm of the athletes for the Team Relay aroused great emotions among the spectators, too.”