Winter Olympics: Nordic combined capsule outlook
By David Wharton
Los Angeles Times
FEB. 14, 23, 25
Best of the U.S.: The Americans are gunning for their first Olympic medal and it’s no pipe dream. Led by the “Big Three” — Billy Demong, Johnny Spillane and five-time Olympian Todd Lodwick — this team possesses the necessary talent and experience.
Best of the rest: No surprise to see Germans, Norwegians and Austrians at the top of the World Cup standings this season. The American-born Jason Lamy Chappuis, competing for France, stands at No. 1 and is a favorite in Vancouver on the normal hill.
Individual normal hill: 1. Lamy Chappuis, France. 2. Felix Gottwald, Austria. 3. Magnus Moan, Norway.
Individual large hill: 1. Moan, Norway. 2. Lamy Chappuis, France. 3. Demong, U.S.
Team: 1. U.S. 2. Germany. 3. Norway.