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Finland's Manninen wins Nordic combined gold

Updated: February 23, 2007, 10:03 AM ET
Associated Press

SAPPORO, Japan -- Finland's Hannu Manninen finally won an individual gold medal after he surged from behind Friday to win the Nordic combined 4.66 miles sprint at the Nordic World Ski Championships.

Manninen, who has three World Cup titles and leads the Nordic combined standings this year, had never previously won an individual gold medal at the Olympics or the world championships.

"This is my dream and my goal," said Manninen. "I've spent so much time thinking of ...

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