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MEN UNITED
March 10, 2010
If the two-four-six finish in the individual normal hill had announced the U.S.'s arrival, the remaining two events proved its dominance. On Day 12, the Americans—Johnny Spillane (left) Brett Camerota Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong—took another silver in the team competition, 5.2 seconds behind Austria. Two days later in the individual large hill, Demong, Spillane and Austria's Bernhard Gruber jockeyed for medal position for much of the 10K, until the two Americans broke free in the final 500 meters. Friends who'd long trained with each other now raced against each other for Olympic gold. As they entered the stadium, Demong (above) edged ahead, crossing the finish four seconds in front of Spillane. Demong's reward for that gold, and for his years of dedication? To carry the flag in the closing ceremonies.
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March 10, 2010

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If the two-four-six finish in the individual normal hill had announced the U.S.'s arrival, the remaining two events proved its dominance. On Day 12, the Americans—Johnny Spillane (left) Brett Camerota Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong—took another silver in the team competition, 5.2 seconds behind Austria. Two days later in the individual large hill, Demong, Spillane and Austria's Bernhard Gruber jockeyed for medal position for much of the 10K, until the two Americans broke free in the final 500 meters. Friends who'd long trained with each other now raced against each other for Olympic gold. As they entered the stadium, Demong (above) edged ahead, crossing the finish four seconds in front of Spillane. Demong's reward for that gold, and for his years of dedication? To carry the flag in the closing ceremonies.

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