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Johnny Spillane's career in Nordic combined

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U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team athlete, three-time Olympic medalist and Steamboat Springs resident Johnny Spillane announced his retirement Wednesday in a letter thanking the community for its support John F. Russell/file

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Finalists at the 2012 Ski Jumping Extravaganza including winner Johnny Spillane, along with Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong, Taylor Fletcher, Adam Loomis and Ben Berend. Submitted by: George Fargo

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Olympian and hometown favorite Johnny Spillane takes flight in 2012 at Howelsen Hill during the Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza. Photo by John F. Russell

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Johnny Spillane Photo by John F. Russell

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The U.S. Nordic combined team of, from left, Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong celebrates after winning the silver medal in the team event Feb. 23 at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by John F. Russell

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U.S. Army Spc. Ian Funderburk, center, of Jacksonville, Fla., holds an Olympic gold medal with Johnny Spillane, left, and Billy Demong, right, at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, in 2010. Spillane, Demong, Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota did a 12-day tour of the U.S. military bases in the Middle East. Dustin Senger/Official Army Photo

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Johnny Spillane, who won three silver medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, shows off his medals on the stage in downtown Steamboat Springs. Thousands came out to honor Spillane during the Hometown Heroes Celebration, which took the Olympians to several schools in Steamboat Springs, autograph sessions and a ceremony in downtown. Steamboat Springs is home to U.S. Nordic combined team members Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Taylor Fletcher. Billy Demong, who won silver and gold medals in Vancouver spent several years training is Steamboat, as did the team's final member Park City's Brett Camerota. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs celebrated in 2010 with the members of the U.S. Nordic combined team, which brought home a silver medal in the team event and three medals for individual events, during the Hometown Heroes Celebration. The team included, from left, Todd Lodwick, Brett Camerota, Billy Demong, who won a gold in the large hill individual and silver in the team, and Johnny Spillane, who won silver in all three events. Lodwick and Spillane are natives of Steamboat Springs, and Demong spent several years living and training in Steamboat Springs. All of the athletes were honored during the Hometown Heroes Celebration. Photo by John F. Russell

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The members of the U.S. Nordic combined team after they won the silver medal in 2010 Olympics team event. The squad includes Billy Demong, Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota. Photo by John F. Russell

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U.S. Nordic combined skier Billy Demong leads the way toward the finish line in large hill individual Gundersen event in 2010. He was followed by teammate Johnny Spillane in second place and Austria's Bernhard Gruber in third. Photo by John F. Russell

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Johnny Spillane flies past the Olympic rings or his way to Olympic silver in Nordic combined event at Whistler Olympic Park. Photo by John F. Russell

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U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team member Johnny Spillane races out of the start area of the 10-kilometer race in the individual large hill competition at Whistler Olympic Park. Spillane raced to silver in the event, and teammate Billy Demong brought home the gold. Photo by John F. Russell

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Members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team show off their silver medals at the Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza. The team, which includes, from left, Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong, raced to second place in the team event. 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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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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Johnny Spillane, middle, stands on the podium after winning the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials Nordic combined race at Howelsen Hill. Second-place finisher Todd Lodwick, left, and third-place finisher Billy Demong, right, and Spillane will represent Steamboat Springs at the Olympics on the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. Photo by John F. Russell

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Johnny Spillane celebrates his World Cup victory Sunday in Oberhof, Germany. Spillane's first World Cup win of his career bumped him from ninth to fourth in the overall standings. Newscom

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Johnny Spillane is carried on the shoulders of Todd Lodwick after Spillane won gold in the Nordic combined sprint at the 2003 FIS Nordic Skiing World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Lodwick, Spillane and teammate Bill Demong are leading the way for the next generation of Steamboat Springs Nordic combined athletes. Alessandro Bianchi/AFP

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Bill Demong stands by third place finisher Brett Camerota (left) and second place Johnny Spillane (right) after winning Saturday night's Nordic combined event at Howelsen Hill. Photo by John F. Russell

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