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Aldo Leetoja, of Estonia, soars off the jump at Howelsen Hill during official training of the Nordic Excavating Continental Cup Nordic Combined competition at Howelsen Hill.

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Nordic combined event begins today in Steamboat

Thirteen nations and 52 athletes will return to Howelsen Hill at 9:30 a.m. today for the Nordic Excavating 2010 FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup meet. The one-jump, 10-kilometer ski race event will be the first Continental Cup competition of the season, and the U.S. team has high expectations.

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