Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Associated Press
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Cross-country ski specialist Magnus Moan made up a 25-second deficit on the first leg and Norway outdueled Germany and defending champion Austria to win Olympic gold in the Nordic combined team event Thursday.
Norway’s Joergen Graabak celebrates winning the gold as Germany’s silver medal winner Fabian Riessle, left, falls into the snow after crossing the finish line of the cross-country portion of the Nordic combined Gundersen large hill team competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Final-leg skier Joergen Graabak, who won gold on Tuesday in the individual large hill event, outsprinted German rival Fabian Riessle in the final 100 meters to give Norway the victory by three-tenths of a second.
Two-time defending champion Austria took the bronze, 3.4 seconds behind.
Germany took an early lead when all four of its competitors, including normal hill gold medalist Eric Frenzel, jumped 125 meters or better – the only team to do so.
Norway finished the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay in 47 minutes, 13.5 seconds.