Frenzel rallies, defends gold in Nordic combined

From ESPN - February 14, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Dominant throughout his career, Eric Frenzel was not about to let a half-minute deficit deny him of another taste of Olympic glory.

The 29-year-old German erased 38 seconds after the ski jumping stage of the Nordic combined and surged ahead of Akito Watabe on the last uphill of the 10-kilometer cross-country race to defend his title in the normal hill event at the Pyeongchang Games.

With just over 1 kilometer remaining in Wednesday's race, it looked like Watabe might give Japan its first gold of the games. But Frenzel powered ahead of the World Cup leader on the hill for Germany's sixth gold in Pyeongchang.

Watabe finished 4.8 seconds behind for the silver while Lukas Klapfer of Austria took the bronze.

"Just before the last hill, I thought I had a shot at gold," Watabe said. "But when Eric started to climb the hill like that I knew I was not going to get it."

Nordic combined features ski jumping and a cross-country ski race. The athlete who wins the ski jumping stage starts first, followed by the remaining athletes in their order of finish.


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