LIBEREC, Czech Republic (Feb. 25) - A gold from Norway in the men's team classic sprint dropped the USA into second position in the medals count at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships. Both Norway and the USA now have three gold, with the Norwegians taking the edge on total medals, 7-5. Finland is third.
The USA took an early medals lead on day two with gold from Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) in ski jumping and Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) in nordic combined. The Americans held the lead at the midway mark of the Championships on the heels of another gold from Lodwick, bronze from Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Kikkan Randall's (Anchorage) silver in the women's cross country sprint.
The Americans will be among the favorites in Thursday's nordic combined team event, as well as the final combined large hill competition on Saturday.