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Nordic Medal History

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Mon, Mar  5, 2007 - By US Ski Team

SAPPORO, Japan (March 3) - Bill Demong's silver medal Saturday in the nordic combined individual (or Gundersen) event at the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships is the fifth nordic medal in Olympics or Worlds competition by a U.S. skier.

A look at each sport:

Cross Country

1976 - Bill Koch took silver in the 30K, the opening men's race in Seefeld, Austria, the cross country venue for the Innsbruck Olympics.

1982 - Koch, who would go on that season to win the inaugural cross country World Cup title, was bronze medalist in the 30K in Oslo, Norway, the opening men's race at the World Championships.

No cigar: Unheralded Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) came out of nowhere to finish fourth in the 15K classic technique at the 2003 Worlds in Val di Fiemme, Italy, missing a podium by 2.1 seconds.

Nordic Combined

2003 - Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) surprised three others in the final 200 meters and skied to the sprint world championship in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

2007 - Demong, a skiing ambassador for New York's Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid, earned silver in a wild finish to the 15K race concluding the individual event.

No cigar: The combined team was fourth in the 2002 Olympics in Utah and the '95 Worlds in Thunder Bay, Ont., fifth at the '97 Worlds in Trondheim, Norway. Todd Lodwick was fifth, 12 seconds off the podium in the '02 Olympic sprint.

Jumping

1924 - Anders Haugen finished third in jumping at the first Winter Olympics. A scoring error said he was fourth but a Norwegian historian, preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Olympics, found the scoring error - Haugen actually finished third. A half-century after the competition, in special ceremonies in Oslo, Haugen received the bronze medal from a family member of the Norwegian who originally was declared the medalist.

No cigar: Jeff Hastings was fourth in the Olympic large hill (then 90-meter) event in 1984 in Sarajevo, 1.7 points from bronze.

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Four U.S. men, who were on the 2002 Olympic Team, will go Sunday in the 50K classic, the last event of the championships. Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) will race along with James Southam and Lars Flora (both Anchorage, AK) plus Andrew Johnson (Greensboro, VT). Freeman, Flora and Johnson also were on the '02 Olympic Team.

Freeman is the reigning U.S. 50K classic champion, having won a year ago in soft snow at the 10th Mountain Division Center in Fort Kent, ME. Flora won the 50K U.S. title in 2004 and '05 when it was competed in freestyle technique.