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Sunday, February 24, 2013
U.S. wins Nordic combined medal


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy -- Olympic champion Jason Lamy Chappuis led France to victory in the Nordic combined team event at the world championships Sunday, and the United States took bronze for its first medal at worlds in the event.

Chappuis, who won the individual title Friday, beat Magnus Moan in a close sprint on the final straight to finish 0.4 seconds ahead of the Norwegian. American Bill Demong came in 4.2 seconds behind Lamy Chappuis.

France -- whose team also included Francois Braud, Maxime Laheurte and Sebastien Lacroixs -- started the cross-country relay 22 seconds behind Japan, which won the ski-jumping phase.

Taylor Fletcher, Bryan Fletcher, Todd Lodwick and Demong earned the bronze for the U.S. The American team won silver in the team event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.