Monday, February 15, 2010

'Couver Town Recaps: No Spills For Spillane

Major congrats to US Olympian Johnny Spillane, who won the silver medal in the Nordic Combined event on Sunday. The Nordic Combined is a combo of ski jump and cross country skiing. Points you accumulate in the ski jump give you a time advantage in the 10K cross country event. It's kinda like how things work going into the Eliminator on American Gladiators. The medal is a huge accomplishment as the US has never medalled in the Nordic Combined since it was introduced at the Games back in 1924. The whole US squad did very well. Todd Lodwick was fourth and Bill Demong had a remarkable comeback - starting the race in 24th place.It was a very tight finish with Spillane leading as they headed into the final straight. It looked for a moment like he might take the gold, but right at the end, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France nosed him out. Only four-tenths of a second separated the two at the finish. So close!

Still it's a great victory for the US to have finished so well. It's been a long determined climb for the Americans. This is the 4th Olympics for both Spillane (age 29), Demong (29). and the fifth for Lodwick (33) That's a lot of dedication to make it to the podium. Congrats, gentlemen!

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