Nordic combined at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Individual large hill/10 km
|Men's individual large hill/10 km
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Pictogram for Nordic combined
|Venue||Whistler Olympic Park|
|Competitors||46 from 14 nations|
|Nordic combined at the
2014 Winter Olympics
|Individual large hill/10 km||men|
|Individual normal hill/10 km||men|
The men's individual large hill/10 km Nordic combined competition for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada was held at Whistler Olympic Park in Whistler, British Columbia on 25 February. Austria's Felix Gottwald was the defending Olympic champion when the event was known as the 7.5 km Sprint. Gottwald retired originally after the 2006-07 World Cup season, but came out of retirement in May 2009 to compete for the 2009-10 World Cup season including the 2010 Games. Bill Demong of the United States was the defending world champion in this event. Two test events took place at the Olympic venue on 16–17 January 2009 with Demong winning on the 16th and Norway's Magnus Moan, defending Olympic silver medalist in this event when it was the 7.5 km sprint, winning on the 17th. The last World Cup event prior to the 2010 Games in this format took place on 10 January 2010 in Val di Fiemme, Italy and was won by Demong.
The ski jumping took place with a trial round at 09:00 PST and the competition round at 10:00 PST. One jump in competition was scored similar to that of ski jumping. With 28 skiers having competed their jumps, officials abandoned the competition to high winds. They were restarted at 11:00 PST (19:00 GMT). Jumping resumed despite complaints from co-test event winner Moan, defending Olympic champion Gottwald, and Lamy-Chappuis, the current World Cup leader and winner of the 10 km individual normal hill gold medal on the 14th. Moan described the jumps as a "joke" while a French coach called the FIS's decision as a "scandal". Despite the complaints, Gottwald's teammate Gruber had the longest jump with 134.0 m.
|Rank||Bib||Name||Country||Distance (m)||Points||Time Difference|
|2||39||Johnny Spillane||United States||129.0||118.5||+0:34|
|6||37||Bill Demong||United States||127.0||115.5||+0:46|
|8||40||Pavel Churavy||Czech Republic||126.0||114.0||+0:52|
|10||33||Petter L. Tande||Norway||123.5||109.8||+1:09|
|13||34||Todd Lodwick||United States||122.5||108.7||+1:13|
|18||17||Tomas Slavik||Czech Republic||120.5||104.7||+1:29|
|20||3||Ales Vodsedalek||Czech Republic||119.5||102.8||+1:37|
|36||24||Miroslav Dvořák||Czech Republic||107.5||83.8||+2:53|
|46||7||Taylor Fletcher||United States||82.0||38.0||+5:56|
The start for the 10 kilometre race was staggered, with a one-point deficit in the ski jump portion resulting in a four-second deficit in starting the cross-country course. This stagger meant that the first athlete across the finish line would the overall winner of the event. Cross-country skiing's part of the competition was scheduled to take place at 13:00 PST that same day, but was moved to 14:00 PST in the wake of the high winds during the ski jumping part of the competition. Finland's Koivuranta, who finished 44th in the ski jumping part of this event, did not start in the cross-county portion of this event. Defending Olympic champion Gottwald had the fastest cross-country skiing part of the event to move from 40th to 17th. Meanwhile Spillane and defending World champion Demong caught ski jumping leader Gruber at the 4.0 km mark though all three skiers stayed together until 600 m was left in the event before Demong and Spillane pulled away to finish one-two in the event. Spillane won his third Olympic silver medal in this Olympics while Demong's gold followed his silver earned in the team event two days earlier. In the post-race press conference, Demong stated that Spillane's silver in the 10 km individual normal hill event was "a dream come true" on 14 February, the silver in the team event was "icing on the cake", and that his gold was "something extra". Spillane stated that if there was one person who he wanted to beat him, "...it would have been Bill". Bronze medalist Gruber commented that Demong and Spillane "...were just too strong". It marked the first time an American won a gold medal in Nordic skiing (cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping) in the Winter Olympics.
After the medal ceremony held later that evening, Demong proposed to his girlfriend, Katie Koczynski, in front of teammates and coaches at the team headquarters near Vancouver. Koczynski said yes. Also on that same day, Demong found out he was named the flagbearer for the American team at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics on 28 February. It was Demong's teammate, Spillane, who gave Demong the courage to propose to his now fiancee. Demong and his fiancee discussed how this happened on NBC's Today show the following morning.
|Rank||Bib||Name||Country||Start time||Cross country
|6||Bill Demong||United States||+0:46||24:46.9||2||25:32.9|
|2||Johnny Spillane||United States||+0:34||25:02.9||7||+4.0|
|5||8||Pavel Churavy||Czech Republic||+0:52||25:14.9||9||+34.0|
|6||11||Petter L. Tande||Norway||+1:09||25:02.2||6||+38.3|
|13||14||Todd Lodwick||United States||+1:13||25:30.2||14||+1:10.3|
|25||18||Tomas Slavik||Czech Republic||+1:29||26:29.8||35||+2:25.9|
|28||36||Miroslav Dvořák||Czech Republic||+2:53||25:36.7||15||+2:56.8|
|34||20||Ales Vodsedalek||Czech Republic||+1:37||27:29.8||41||+3:33.9|
|45||46||Taylor Fletcher||United States||+5:56||26:17.5||32||+6:40.6|
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