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Steamboat Springs' Johnny Spillane jumps Sunday morning in the Normal Hill Individual Gundersen event at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia. Spillane, who spent the week getting used to new skis, had one of his best jumps and is currently sitting in fourth place headed into this afternoon's 10K cross-country race.

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As he sat behind the stage at the Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza on Sunday waiting for the medal ceremony to begin, the realization that he had just won an Olympic silver medal for the Nordic combined event finally began to set in for Johnny Spillane.

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Lodwick, Spillane in the medal hunt

Strongs jumps by the Americans leave them in good position for the cross-country portion of the event, which begins at 2:45 p.m. today and is expected to be covered live by NBC. The right wax combination might be key to the podium given the rainy conditions in Whistler.


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