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February 26, 2010 | By David Wharton
For the briefest moment, Bill Demong stood absolutely still, closing his eyes, exhaling. Only then did he step onto the highest part of the podium, the spot reserved for the winner. "I didn't expect to win the medal until it was over," he said. "I'm just starting to let it sink in a bit." Let it sink in that he had won gold in the large hill event of the Nordic combined at Whistler Olympic Park on Thursday. Let it sink in that his victory, along with a second-place finish by teammate Johnny Spillane, capped a historic two weeks for the U.S. in this obscure sport that combines ski jumping with cross-country skiing.
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February 26, 2010 | By David Wharton
For the briefest moment, Bill Demong stood absolutely still, closing his eyes, exhaling. Only then did he step onto the highest part of the podium, the spot reserved for the winner. "I didn't expect to win the medal until it was over," he said. "I'm just starting to let it sink in a bit." Let it sink in that he had won gold in the large hill event of the Nordic combined at Whistler Olympic Park on Thursday. Let it sink in that his victory, along with a second-place finish by teammate Johnny Spillane, capped a historic two weeks for the U.S. in this obscure sport that combines ski jumping with cross-country skiing.
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February 15, 2010 | By David Wharton
After all the years of disappointment, the glitches and near-misses, it took a miracle for the United States to win its first medal in the sport of Nordic combined. Or maybe not. Maybe Johnny Spillane's historic silver in the normal hill/10-kilometer event at Whistler Olympic Park on Sunday was made of something grittier. As Spillane said: "It took a lot of hard work." Hard work that carried him back from a string of injuries. Hard work that translated into his best ski jump of the year and had him leading the cross-country portion of the event down the final stretch.
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February 24, 2010 | By David Wharton
Eight years. One minute. Two very different measurements of time that have weighed heavily on the U.S. Nordic combined team. Eight years ago, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong finished one minute off the podium in the team competition at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. "We've been through a lot," Lodwick said. "We've been through hell." But on Tuesday, the trio -- with help from a new addition in Brett Camerota -- took some sting out of a painful memory, earning silver in the team 4x5-kilometer event at Whistler Olympic Park.
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February 13, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The first women's Alpine race of the Olympics, scheduled for Sunday in Whistler Creek, has been postponed because of poor weather conditions. The women could not run the downhill without completing a training run. When it was deemed in Whistler Creek that conditions would not allow a training run Saturday, it automatically meant the Sunday race could not go off as scheduled. This is bad news for Olympic organizers but good news for American skier Lindsey Vonn , who will now get an extra day to rest the bruised shin she injured Feb. 2 in a training run. The men's downhill, as of Friday afternoon, was still scheduled to be run Saturday, though weather conditions are expected to be poor.
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February 24, 2010 | By David Wharton
Eight years. One minute. Two very different measurements of time that have weighed heavily on the U.S. Nordic combined team. Eight years ago, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong finished one minute off the podium in the team competition at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. "We've been through a lot," Lodwick said. "We've been through hell." But on Tuesday, the trio -- with help from a new addition in Brett Camerota -- took some sting out of a painful memory, earning silver in the team 4x5-kilometer event at Whistler Olympic Park.
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March 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
Johnny Spillane of Steamboat Springs, Colo., became the first American skier to win a gold medal at the Nordic world championships, drawing inspiration from a diabetic teammate's strong performance a week earlier. Spillane won the Nordic combined sprint Friday to give the United States its first world championship medal since cross-country skiing pioneer Bill Koch earned a bronze in 1982. Spillane was followed by Ronny Ackermann of Germany and Felix Gottwald of Austria.
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February 10, 2006 | George Diaz
INDIVIDUAL * Where: Pragelato. * When: Feb. 11. * Best of the U.S.: The United States is looking for its first medal in this discipline, which pairs ski jumping and cross-country racing. Four-time Olympian Todd Lodwick of Colorado is the most competitive American. He placed fifth in the sprint and earned the highest U.S. showing in Nordic combined in the 2002 Winter Games, seventh.
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February 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
Finland won its second consecutive Nordic combined gold medal of the Olympics by adding to the big lead it built during Saturday's ski jumping and then coasting to the gold in the 20-kilometer cross-country relay at Soldier Hollow. The Finns, who entered the Games without a gold medal in the jumping-racing hybrid since 1948, finished the relay in 48 minutes 42.2 seconds.
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February 15, 2010 | By David Wharton
After all the years of disappointment, the glitches and near-misses, it took a miracle for the United States to win its first medal in the sport of Nordic combined. Or maybe not. Maybe Johnny Spillane's historic silver in the normal hill/10-kilometer event at Whistler Olympic Park on Sunday was made of something grittier. As Spillane said: "It took a lot of hard work." Hard work that carried him back from a string of injuries. Hard work that translated into his best ski jump of the year and had him leading the cross-country portion of the event down the final stretch.
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February 13, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The first women's Alpine race of the Olympics, scheduled for Sunday in Whistler Creek, has been postponed because of poor weather conditions. The women could not run the downhill without completing a training run. When it was deemed in Whistler Creek that conditions would not allow a training run Saturday, it automatically meant the Sunday race could not go off as scheduled. This is bad news for Olympic organizers but good news for American skier Lindsey Vonn , who will now get an extra day to rest the bruised shin she injured Feb. 2 in a training run. The men's downhill, as of Friday afternoon, was still scheduled to be run Saturday, though weather conditions are expected to be poor.
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