Norway edged out Germany Thursday for the gold in the Nordic combined team large hill event at the Sochi Olympics, rallying from a big deficit thanks to a dominant performance in the cross-country skiing portion.
Germany took a 7-second lead over Austria and a whopping 25-second lead over Norway after the ski-jumping at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.
Fabian Rießle, Björn Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel all posted jumps of more than 125 meters (410 feet) to put Germany in a strong position.
But it was not enough of a cushion against the Norwegian team of Magnus Moan, Håvard Klemetsen Magnus Krog and Jørgen Graabak, who completed the cross-country portion in 46:48.5.
That was 25.3 seconds ahead of the Germans' time and gave the Norwegians a narrow 0.3-second overall margin of victory.
The Austrians won the bronze after finishing second in the cross-country race, clocking in at a time of 47.09.9
The other two Nordic combined gold medals went to Graabak and Frenzel, who claimed victory in the individual large hill and individual normal hill events, respectively, earlier in the Sochi Games. EFE