Ski jumpers win bronze medal

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He soared through the air, if not with the greatest of ease, at least on his way to victory.

Anders Jacobsen from Hønefoss helped clinch the Norwegian team’s bronze medal on Monday, after a nerve-wracking wait for the wind to die down. Norway’s ski jumpers hadn’t been doing very well in this year’s Winter Olympics, so their victory in the Team Final boosted their spirits as the ski jumping events wound down.

PICTURE: Anders Jacobsen of Norway competes in the Team Ski Jumping competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Whistler, Canada, 22 February 2010. Team Norway won bronze. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

The four young men making up the Norwegian team (Jacobsen, Anders Bardal, Tom Hilde andJohan Remen Evensen) scored a total of 1,030.3 points, behind the teams for Germany and Austria. The Austrians won the gold with 1,107.9 points. Their bronze medal boosted Norway’s total medal count to 13 as of Monday afternoon: Five gold, three silver and five bronze.
(Written February 22, 2010)