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Americans claim gold, silver

Updated: February 26, 2010, 9:44 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- They swore they didn't care which one of them won gold to become America's first Olympic champion in a Nordic sport.

Anyone who watched, knew Billy Demong skied to win.

He attacked on the final hill, hustled into the stadium and raced across the finish line well ahead of three-time silver medalist Johnny Spillane, giving the United States a 1-2 finish Thursday in the large hill competition at Nordic combined.

Challenging wind gusts and pelting rain, ...

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