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U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, Feb. 14, 2010

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Steamboat Springs' Johnny Spillane races in the Normal Hill Individual Gundersen event Sunday at Whistler Olympic Park. Spillane crossed the finish line in second place to win America's first Olympic medal in the sport of Nordic combined. His teammate Todd Lodwick just missed the podium, placing fourth. Photo by John F. Russell

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Johnny Spillane , front right, and Todd Lodwick, left, race toward the finish line of the Normal Hill Individual Gundersen event Sunday at Whistler Olympic Park. Spillane took the silver, and Lodwick finished fourth. Photo by John F. Russell

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Johnny Spillane moved from fourth place to second during the cross-country portion of Sunday's Nordic combined event to take the silver medal, making him the first American to ever medal in Nordic combined at the Olympics. Photo by John F. Russell

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Members of Johnny Spillane's family, including mom Nancy, left center, and wife Hilary, right center, react after Johnny won silver medal in the normal hill individual Gundersen event at the Winter Olympics. Photo by John F. Russell

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Johnny Spillane stands on the podium at the cross-country venue in Whistler Olympic Park. Spillane raced to second place in the normal hill individual Gundersen event and became the first American to earn a medal in the sport of Nordic combined. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick takes flight Sunday at Whistler Olympic Park. Lodwick finished second in the jumping portion of Sunday's normal hill Nordic combined event, and teammate Johnny Spillane was fourth. The 10-kilometer cross-country race is scheduled for this afternoon. Photo by John F. Russell

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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. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat's Todd Lodwick shares a moment with his daughter Charley after posting one of the longest rjumps during Sunday's Normal Hill Individual Gundersen event at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia. Photo by John F. Russell

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Todd Lodwick celebrates after landing one of the longest jumps in Sunday's Nordic combined normal hill event at Whistler Olympic Park. Lodwick is second heading into the cross-country portion of the event. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skiers Johnny Spillane, front, and Todd Lodwick negotiate a tricky downhill section at Whistler Olympic Park during Sunday's Nordic combined cross-country race. Photo by John F. Russell

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Johnny Spillane shows off his silver medal at the Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza on Sunday night. His win ended the U.S.’s 86-year Nordic combined drought at the 2010 Winter Olympics. See more about the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team event on page 25. Photo by John F. Russell

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