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Saturday, December 18, 2010
Mario Stecher gets 1st win of season

Associated Press

RAMSAU, Austria -- Mario Stecher of Austria won a Nordic combined World Cup event Saturday for his first victory of the season.

Stecher, who was sixth after the jumping discipline, had a strong finish in the 10-kilometer cross-country race to hold off a challenge by Germany's Bjoern Kircheisen.

Stecher finished in 25 minutes, 46.4 seconds to edge Kircheisen by 0.9 seconds. Johannes Rydzek of Germany was third.

Jason Lamy Chappuis of France finished fifth to remain at the top of the World Cup standings with 385 points. Mikko Kokslien of Norway is second with 329, followed by Stecher third at 286.