=== Hettich leads nordic combined ===
 
 Pragelato,  Italy (Sports  Network) - Germany's Georg Hettich leads the nordic
 combined individual event after the ski jumping portion of the competition.
 
 Hettich  earned 262.5  points  after making  jumps of  101.5  and 104  meters.
 Norway's  Petter L. Tande is second with 262 points, while France's Jason Lamy
 Chappuis is tied for third with Finland's Jaakko Tallus at 257 points.
 
 The  15-kilometer  cross-country race  will  be  held Saturday  afternoon  and
 Hettich will start with a two-second advantage over Tande and a 22-second edge
 over the Frenchman and Finn.
 
 Tallus was among the favorites heading into the event, as was Finnish teammate
 Hannu  Manninen, who  was eighth  after the  ski jumping  and will  start 1:38
 behind Hettich.
 
 The  Austrian  trio of Christoph Bieler,  Michael Gruber and Felix Gottwald is
 also in the hunt. Bieler was fifth after the jumping, while Gruber was seventh
 and Gottwald was 11th.
 
 Todd  Lodwick was  hoping  to give  the United  States  its first-ever  nordic
 combined  medal, but  he will start the cross-country race in 13th place, just
 over two minutes behind the leader.
 
 Americans  Bill  Demong (19th) and  Johnny Spillane  (20th) also have too much
 time to make up.
 
 Canada's best jumper was Jason Myslicki, who was 32nd.
 
 02/11 08:00:22 ET

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