by Ralph Routon
Once again, the Colorado-driven U.S. athletes in the sport of Nordic Combined have made history at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Led by Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong — all from Steamboat Springs — the U.S. took a silver medal Tuesday in the Nordic Combined team event, the first time Americans have made the podium in the event.
It also means two silver medals in two Nordic Combined events at Whistler, as Spillane earlier had finished second — and narrowly losing out on the gold — in the individual event of the sport that combines ski jumping with cross-country skiing.
The U.S. team was second after the opening jump portion, and wound up finishing just five seconds behind the gold medal-winning Austrians in the concluding 4 x 5-kilometer relay. The other U.S. team member was Brett Camerota of Park City, Utah.
Germany took the bronze medal, keeping pace in the overall medal standings.
With this silver, the United States now leads Germany 26-23 in total medals, with no other events wrapping up tonight.