Austrians sweep Nordic combined event

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 8 at 10:03 AM

SCHONACH, Germany (AP) — Felix Gottwald has led an Austrian sweep of the top three places at a Nordic combined World Cup event.

Gottwald came back strongly less than a month after breaking his shoulder blade, beating teammate and World Cup leader Mario Stecher by 15.6 seconds and Bernhard Gruber by 16.2 seconds for his second win of the season.

Gottwald recovered from a 59-second deficit going into the 10-kilometer cross-country race after finishing 13th in the ski jumping portion earlier Saturday.

Olympic champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France led after the ski jump but faded to 11th.

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