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2014 Olympic news: U.S. unveils four-man nordic combined team

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The four talented men who will represent the U.S. in the nordic combined events at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia were officially nominated by the nation's Ski and Snowboard Association on Jan. 22.

The athletes headed to Sochi include Todd Lodwick, who initially earned his berth on the team by winning the sport's Olympic trials on Dec. 28; Billy Demong; and brothers Taylor Fletcher and Bryan Fletcher.

Sochi will represent the 37-year old Lodwick's sixth Olympic experience, as he previously competed in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. Although he finished a heartbreaking fourth in the individual 10 km cross country event in Vancouver, he earned a silver medal in the team competition that followed. The medal was the nation's first ever in the nordic combined team event.

The 2014 Olympics will be Demong's fifth Winter Games, as he previously competed in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. In addition to the team silver medal, Demong, 33, won gold in the individual large hill event at the Vancouver Games. It was the first gold ever won by a U.S. athlete in a nordic combined event.

Brothers Taylor and Bryan Fletcher, who represent the nation's seventh sibling pair nominated to the Sochi Games, round out the team. Taylor, 23, competed in Vancouver, while Bryan, 27, will make his Olympic debut in Russia.

Nordic combined action from Sochi begins Feb. 12 with the individual normal hill competition.



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