March 18, 2016
Norway scores easy victoryHAKUBA, Japan (AP) -- Norway ended Japan's reign as two-time Olympic champion in the team Nordic combined, giving Bjarte Engen Vik his second gold medal of the Nagano Games.
Norway was so far ahead at the end that Fred Lundberg, the fourth leg in the 20-kilometer cross-country relay, was able to grab a Norwegian flag 400 meters from the finish and wave it in celebration as he crossed the line.
Japanese reign endsHAKUBA, Japan (AP) -- Perfect timing and some very strong skiing brought Norway another gold medal, and reduced the roars of Japanese fans to polite applause.
Bjarte Engen Vik, already the individual gold medalist in Nordic combined, added the team gold Friday as he and a trio of swift-skiing countrymen caught and passed Finland on the cross-country course.
France took the bronze.
Finns lead after Japan fallsHAKUBA, Japan (AP) -- Two-time defending champion Japan failed to produce what its legion of fans wanted in the team Nordic combined ski jump, finishing fifth behind four European rivals.
Norway's Vik wins goldHAKUBA, Japan (AP) -- Bjarte Vik started with a big lead and didn't give it up in winning the Nordic combined gold medal, giving Norway its second cross-country ski champion of the day.
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