Lajunen wins third Nordic combined gold
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- As much as he'd rather avoid the subject, Samppa Lajunen's run toward Olympic gold began last April, when the great Bjarte Engen Vik of Norway suddenly announced his retirement.
With Vik out of the picture, there was no one to stop Lajunen from running the table at the Salt Lake City Games.
Feb. 22: Full story
Finn leads final Nordic combined event
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Finland's Samppa Lajunen, going for his third Nordic combined gold medal of the Winter Games, was the leader after Thursday's jumping portion of the sprint competition on the big hill at Olympic Park.
With each jumper going just once on the K120 hill, Lajunen leaped 415 feet (126.5 meters), the longest of the day. With the judges' style points averaged in, he scored 123.8 points.
Feb. 21: Full story
U.S. team tries to leave on high note
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- There is no pressure for the U.S. Nordic combined team: It already has exceeded expectations, which weren't high to begin with.
The U.S. team entered the Olympics never having won a medal in this sport. The Americans still don't have one, but they came close: They finished fourth in the team competition, and Lodwick finished seventh in the individual event.
Feb. 22: Full story
Feb. 21: Americans slump entering last day of combined
Feb. 17: Finns take second Nordic combined gold
Feb. 16: Finland takes lead after Nordic jumping
Feb. 16: U.S. Nordic combined team soars to third
Feb. 14: Teen-ager thrilled with surprise sixth-place finish
Feb. 14: Americans' medal hopes in Nordic combined on hold
Feb. 10: Lajunen's blue hair gets attention
Feb. 13: Bode Miller struggles on first leg of combined event
Feb. 12: Norwegians favored in men's combined
Feb. 10: Lodwick earns best showing ever for U.S.
Feb. 9: Finland has 1-2 finish in Nordic combined
Feb. 9: Two Americans in top 10 after first half of Nordic combined
Jan. 22: Lodwick, Demong lead United States
Jan. 14: Crossing into the unknown
Dec. 19: Alborn, Lodwick pick up Olympic berths
Dec. 7: Gottwald wins Nordic combined event
Dec. 2: Lodwick wins Nordic combined
Dec. 1: Lodwick wins ski jump on Olympic hill
Nov. 25: Ackermann wins again
Nov. 23: Ackermann wins season opener
Oct. 19: Endurance athletes will be screened for EPO
May 19: Holland's Olympic quest far from over