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  • I love the thrill of this race, the relay concept on skis

    • by Orrymain

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      From an American’s perspective, the Nordic Combined, Team Large Hill event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic games were astounding. For the first time in modern history, an American team won a medal in this event. We’ve been shut out for what seems like forever. Then came this event.

      It begins with one ski jump and then goes to a cross country relay event. Team members each get one jump, judged for

      distance and form. I was cheering to see the wonderful jumps made by our team. After the third round, we actually were in the lead, but we ended up started the cross country event two seconds back. However, that was well in the hunt.

      The cross country segment began with Brett Camerota, who did his job and even gave America the lead. Todd Lodwick took over, but just didn’t have his best ...

      • day. Austria, starting after the USA, had caught up. Then Johnny Spillane took over. He kept us in the hunt, though when he handed off to Bill DeMong, we were 14 seconds behind. The suspense was tremendous.

        DeMong did America proud. He actually overtook Austrials Mario Stecher at one point towards the end as they approached the stadium. On the last downhill before the stadium, Stecher went back in front.

        What a big race for the Americans, to even be in this position.

        It wasn’t just about America, and happily, we brought home the silver, but it was quite a race for Germany to rebound and medal as well.

        I love the thrill of this race, the relay concept on skis. It’s exciting and beautiful to watch, and I’m just so happy to see that America finally competed at the head of the class for this event.

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