Nordic Combined

CBC Sports - Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 07:28 ET

Norwegians win men's team nordic combined relay

Germany and Austria fill out podium

Norway wins team nordic combined

Joergen Graabak of Norway leads Mario Stecher of Austria and Fabian Riessle of Germany in the nordic combined men's team 4 x 5 km at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Norway won gold in the men's Nordic combined team event Thursday at the Sochi Olympics.

Anchored by Joergen Graabak, the Norwegian team finished the closing 4x5km cross-country ski relay leg with an overall time of 47 minutes, 13.5 seconds.

The German team won the silver medal, just 0.3 seconds back. Fabien Riessle skied the final leg of the relay for Germany, lunging at the finish line in an attempt for the gold medal.

The Austrian team earned the bronze medal, with anchor Mario Stecher finishing 3.4 seconds back from the winner.

All three teams battled in a class of their own through the race, trading the lead multiple times before the final leg.

Before the cross-county leg, the teams took part in the ski jump component. Scores were converted to times, with the Germans starting the relay first, followed by the Austrians.

The Norwegians started with a 25-second deficit, but lead skier Magnus Moan quickly reeled that back in, ending the first leg just 0.4 seconds back from the leader.

Canada did not have a team in the event.

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