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Nordic combined team in second [update]

The United States sailed into second place Tuesday during the first half of the Nordic combined team competition at Whistler Olympic Park.

The U.S. team of Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong, Johnny Spillane and Brett Camerota scored a combined 505.8 points, barely trailing Finland with 507. Austria was third with 479.9.

Lodwick, jumping in the second group, sailed 136.5 meters, scoring a 132.2, the best jump of that round.

"It was sick," he said. "It was so awesome."

Jumps by Camerota, Demong and Spillane all ranked third in their respective groups. Finland's Janne Ryynaenen had the longest jump of the morning, 138.5 meters.

The Nordic combined team event consists of one ski jump by each of four team members. Those scores are combined and the teams ranked to determine the starting order of the second stage of the competition, a 4x5-kilometer cross-country race.

Spillane won silver last week in the individual competition. Lodwick was fourth in that event and Demong sixth, so a good showing in the team competition was not unexpected.

Spillane's medal was the first ever for the United States in the sport, which has been a part of the Olympics since 1924.

The cross-country race is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 23, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  Nordic combined  
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