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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Austria pulls away at end for win

Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Austria has won the gold medal in the Nordic combined team relay, edging the Americans, who settled for their second silver medal of the Vancouver Games.

Billy Demong, of Vermontville, N.Y., had a slight edge over Mario Stecher heading into the stadium but stumbled at the turn and watched the Austrian zoom past him on the straightaway for a 5.2-second victory Tuesday.

Austria's winning time in the 4x5-kilometer relay following a jump off the large hill was 49 minutes, 31.6 seconds. Germany won bronze, finishing 19.5 seconds behind the winners.