Riiber’s error helps Norway’s Graabak win Nordic combined

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Gold Medalist, Joergen Graabak of Team Norway celebrates after the Individual Gundersen Large Hill/10km, Cross Country Competition Round on Day 11 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Cross-Country Center on February 15, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

ZHANGJIAKOU, China (AP) — Joergen Graabak of Norway won Olympic gold in Nordic combined. He recovered from a deficit of 2 minutes and 7 seconds to cross the finish line first in a 10 km cross-country ski race after placing 12th in ski jumping.

Graabak became the first double Olympic Nordic combined champion on the large hill after winning the event in 2014. His Norwegian teammate Jens Luraas Oftebro took silver.

Akito Watabe of Japan took bronze. Norwegian superstar Jarl Magnus Riiber had a 44 second lead in the cross country race but made a wrong turn and finished eighth.

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