Today's two big contests were both severly damaged by the weather in Vancover.
The Ski Jump in Nordic combined has had a new set of rules in place this year to compensate for wind and weather differences. Everyone loves it and it has worked nicely. Because of that, it isn't used during the Olympics. The two best Norwegians Magnus Moan and Petter Tande both had to go off the track and wait to be able to jump and had horrible conditions. They were too far behind after the ski jump and ended up not making it, despite good efforts in the cross country part. Jason Lamy Chapuis won after having placed 5th in the ski jump (starting 46 seconds behind the leader). The silver and bronze went to Johnny Spillane (USA, 4th, 44 sec) and Alessandro Pittin (Italy, 6th, 48 seconds). Norwegian places: 9th Magnus Moan (40th, 2:06), 17th Petter Tande (22nd, 1:18), 23rd Jan Scmid (33rd, 1:42) and 32nd Mikko Kokslien (42nd, 2:16).
Full results at NRK.
The biathlon was affected by changing winds and most of all a snowfall. The first skiers got the best conditions and all the best 7 were among the first 14 starting. Emil Hegle Svendsen was the best Norwegian and won Norway's first medal with a silver. He had 1 miss, but due to good conditions and good skiing he made it. Starting just 12.2 seconds behind the surprise winner, Frenchman Vincent Jay (no mises) he will be the favourite for tuesday's pursuit. The bronze went to Croatian Jakov Fak (no misses). Nice, I love Croatia. Favourite Ole Einar Bjørndalen, shit the bed and missed 4 times. He came in 17th. Hallvard Hanevold and lars Berger didn't have good days either placing in 24th and 46th.
I don't think Maren Haugli (the last Norwegian today) will get a medal in 3000 meters women's skating. If she does I will post
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