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Gold win will help grow Nordic in U.S.

Updated: February 26, 2010, 1:54 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The term "Greatest Day in American Nordic Combined History" has a shelf life these Olympics of raw meat, potato salad and reality show opening-episode casualties.

First, Johnny Spillane won a silver medal in the individual normal hill/10km, the first time Americans had ever medaled in the discipline, an accomplishment rightly hailed as historic and perhaps game-changing for the sport in this country. A week later, the United States took the silver in ...

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