Norway wins gold in Nordic team competition

The Sports NetworkFebruary 20, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Joergen Graabak's mad sprint at the end helped Norway win the gold medal in the Nordic team competition on Thursday.

Norway, which sat in third place after the jumping portion of the event, posted a total time of 47 minutes and 13.5 seconds to narrowly edge Germany by three-tenths of a second and win its 10th gold medal of the Games.

Graabak, who won gold in the large hill race, was able to hold off German Fabian Riessle in the 4x5-kilometer race. Thanks to Eric Frenzel the Germans led after the jumps and began the second leg of the competition with seven- second edge on Austria.

Austria, the defending gold medalist in this event, finished at 47:16.9 to win the bronze. The Austrians had kept pace with the leaders for most of the race, but Mario Stecher faded off near the end of the anchor leg.

The U.S. was eighth after the jump and ended the race in sixth place, 2:21.6 behind the leader. The Americans, of course, were able to win silver in this competition four years ago in Vancouver

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