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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined coach Martin Bayer, right, Czech Republic B-team coach Marek Sablatura and the Czech B team share a laugh Thursday in Steamboat Springs. The Czechs have been training with the Americans this season, first in a joint training camp in the summer and now for the past 10 days in Steamboat Springs.

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Nordic combined skiing partnership benefits US, Czech athletes

In the world of cutthroat Nordic combined competition among deep-pocketed, national powerhouse programs, development teams from the United States and Czech Republic have joined forces in hopes of saving a few koruna and helping balance the international scales of competition.

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