=== Austria rallies to win nordic combined team event ===
Pragelato, Italy (Sports Network) - Austria overcame a 10-second deficit in the
cross country portion to win gold over Germany in the nordic combined team
The Austrians posted a time of 49 minutes, 52.6 seconds in the 4x5 kilometer
race, which follows two rounds of ski jumping. It was the first ever Olympic
gold medal in this event for Austria.
"It's a product of a lot of hard work in many years," said Felix Gottwald, who
along with Michael Gruber, Christopher Bieler and Mario Stecher comprised the
gold medal team.
The same foursome won bronze four years ago in Salt Lake City, but this is the
first Olympic gold medal for each.
"It's a dream come true," said Gottwald.
Germany had held a 10-second advantage following the two rounds of ski jumping,
but finished 15.3 seconds adrift of the Austrians. The second round of ski
jumping was held Thursday after the event was postponed Wednesday due to high
"We tried to get a good time in the beginning," said German team member Jens
Gaiser, "but after the attack from Austria we just couldn't make it."
Finland, which won gold in Salt Lake, climbed from fourth after the ski jumping
into bronze position, 26.8 seconds behind Austria.
Switzerland was fourth, and the Americans improved from eighth to seventh.
02/16 11:26:13 ET