=== 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
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