- Nordic Combined
Ten facts about the U.S. Nordic combined team
At the 2010 Vancouver Games, the United States Nordic combined team made history by winning their first Olympic medal. Now the United States looks to build off their recent success and hope to keep the momentum going.
1. Bill Demong became the first American to win a gold medal in the Nordic combined, he won his gold medal at the Vancouver Games.
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Embedded owg_slideshow: Model Olympian: Taylor Fletcher
3. Demong's favorite training partner lives in his house and she enjoys going on 30 mile runs.
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4. Bryan Fletcher know how to make an amazing grilled bison steak sandwich.
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5. Taylor Fletcher and Demong like to make silly bets. Fletcher lost a bet to Demong and had to wear a Captain America costume.
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6. Then Demong lost a bet to Fletcher and had to dress like Aquaman.
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7. Todd Lodwick made his Olympic debut at the Lillehammer Games in 1994. Lodwick retired in 2006. He worked in real estate and spent the 2007-2008 season as a commentator. He came out of retirement for the 2008-2009 season. Lodwick would go on to win a gold medal at the 2009 World Championship, then he would help the United States capture silver in the team event at the Vancouver Games in 2010. Lodwick went on to win the U.S. Olympic trial and became the first American to go to his sixth Winter Olympics.
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8. Bill Demong might of had the best Vancouver Games out of any athlete.
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9. At the 2013 World Championships, the United States won a bronze in the team event.
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10. At the age of four, Bryan Fletcher was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia (ALL), during that time he took up ski jumping as a way to stay happy during the hardship. By the time Fletcher was eight he was completely cancer-free. Fletcher now spends his time working with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on several of their projects.
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