Eliza Outtrim of Hamden finished sixth in the finals of the moguls competition at the Sochi Olympics Saturday, and Tucker West of Ridgefield was 23rd in the luge heading into the second half of singles competition Sunday.
Outtrim, 28, who grew up in Hamden and lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo., was competing in her first Olympics. She was fourth after Thursday's qualifying. Her teammate, Hannah Kearney, won gold in 2010 but ended up with the bronze medal Saturday behind Canadian sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe (gold) and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (silver).
Eliza's parents, Bob and Mary Outtrim, who still live in Hamden, were at the Opening Ceremonies Friday.
"It is impossible to describe the magnificence of last night's Opening Ceremony," Bob said in an email from Sochi. "From beginning to end the imagination and design that went into this celebration was incredible. The performance took up every part of this colossal arena from floor to ceiling. 'Over the top' does not even begin to describe the magic we experienced.
"We sat next to a very engaging Russian from Moscow who explained in detail the historical significance of each of the 13 segments. To see our daughter walk out as one of the American athletes sent chills down our spine and my wife had tears in her eyes."
Brett West, Tucker's father, was at the Opening Ceremonies to watch his son, who at 18 is the youngest U.S. luge athlete to compete in the Olympics.
"Nervous, excited and thrilled," he wrote on the Team Tucker Facebook page. "This is the finish line, get there quick, Tucker!"
Tucker West bobbled on the start of his first run, costing him some time in a sport that is measured by hundredths of a second. He was faster in his second run. The time for both runs was 1:46.108.
West was the second American, behind Chris Mazdzer, who is in 13th place. Aidan Kelly is 26th.
"Honestly, the runs were nowhere near where I wanted them to be," West said Saturday after the event. "But that just gives me some determination for tomorrow. I've got some time to make up."
On forgetting about the mistake at the start, he said, "It's pretty easy to flush out. You're going 80 mph and you've got 17 curves ahead of you. You just got to let it go by you. That's part of the sport, short-term memory."
The third and fourth runs of luge are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday. Felix Loch of Germany, the 2010 gold medalist, is in the lead, with Russian Albert Demchenko second and 40-year-old Armin Zoeggeler of Italy, a two-time gold medalist competing in his sixth Olympics, third.