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NORDIC SKIING
February 11, 1980
If Lake Placid doesn't get a major snowfall soon, the cross-country courses will be abbreviated to 25 kilometers of gentle terrain under man-made snow. Distances will stay the same—the racers will go round and round—but the steeper ups and downs will be limited. Nevertheless, the best racers should still win. Finland's Juha Mieto and Norway's Oddvar Bra are in top form, as ever, facing only one mystery: because the Soviets never compete internationally before an Olympics, nobody knows what they're up to—although normally their women's team is unbeatable. America's Bill Koch seeks an upset in the 15-K, in which he beat Mieto once this season. In the jumps, Austria, East Germany and Finland hold hot hands, but Jim Denney of the U.S. could be our ace in the sky.
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February 11, 1980

Nordic Skiing

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If Lake Placid doesn't get a major snowfall soon, the cross-country courses will be abbreviated to 25 kilometers of gentle terrain under man-made snow. Distances will stay the same—the racers will go round and round—but the steeper ups and downs will be limited. Nevertheless, the best racers should still win. Finland's Juha Mieto and Norway's Oddvar Bra are in top form, as ever, facing only one mystery: because the Soviets never compete internationally before an Olympics, nobody knows what they're up to—although normally their women's team is unbeatable. America's Bill Koch seeks an upset in the 15-K, in which he beat Mieto once this season. In the jumps, Austria, East Germany and Finland hold hot hands, but Jim Denney of the U.S. could be our ace in the sky.

SKI JUMPING

70-METER

JOCHEN DANNEBERG East Germany
HANSJ�RG SUMI Switzerland
JIM DENNEY U.S.A.

90-METER

HUBERT NEUPER Austria
PENTTI KOKKONEN Finland
HARALD DUSCHEK East Germany

NORDIC COMBINED

UWE DOTZAUER East Germany
ULRICH WEHLING East Germany
URBAN HETTICH West Germany

BIATHLON

10 KILOMETERS

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