Sebastien Lacroix, Francois Braud, Jason Lamy Chappuis, Maxime Laheurte (FRA) (l-r)
Magnus Krog, Jörgen Graabak, Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Moan (NOR) (l-r)
Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Krog (NOR) (l-r)
Akito Watabe, Yosuke Minato (JPN) (l-r)
FRENCHMEN WIN NORDIC COMBINED TEAM GOLD
French nordic combined athletes Francois Braud (FRA, Fischer skis and boots), Maxime Laheurte (FRA, Fischer skis and boots), Sebastien Lacroix (FRA) and Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) celebrated gold medal followed by the teams of Norway with Jörgen Graabak (NOR, Fischer) Haavard Klemetsen (NOR, Fischer), Magnus Krog (NOR, Fischer) and Magnus Moan (NOR) as well as team USA consisting of Fletcher-brothers Taylor and Bryan, Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong (all USA).
Frenchmen came out on top
Frenchmen measured up with their own expectations and secured gold medal in team competition. With a less disadvantage they started in second position into cross-country race and shortened the gap against the best jumpers from Japan consisting of Yoshito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis and boots), Taihei Kato (JPN, Fischer skis and boots), Akito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis and boots) and Yosuke Minato (JPN, Fischer skis and boots) together with their opponents from Norway and Austria and Wilhelm Denifl (AUT) was able to create a new gap up to the first exchange. Second Austrian athlete Bernhard Gruber (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) extended the lead more and more but Lukas Klapfer (AUT) lost their advantage again. With Japan, Norway and France three teams were ahead at the last exchange, team USA and Austria were just eight seconds behind. During the last loop Lamy Chappuis and Moan became the strongst skier, both were able to escape just before the stadium and fighted for gold. Just a few metres behind team USA secured bronce medal ahead of the Japanese and the Austrians who weren't able to fight for another medal with long term-injured Mario Stecher (AUT, Fischer skis and boots).