Norway takes tight finish in Nordic combined team event

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Joergen Graabak held off Germany’s Fabian Riessle at the finish to give Norway the win in the Nordic combined team large hill/4x5km relay, earning another gold to go along with the one he got in the individual large hill 10km event.

The Austrians had been bidding for a third consecutive Olympic title in this event.

Graabak, Riessle, and Austria’s Mario Stecher were nose-to-tail midway through the final lap, with Stecher taking multiple attempts to pass Graabak on the outside before falling back to third.

In the end, it came down to a sprint in the stadium between Graabak and Riessle (the bronze medalist in individual LH 10km), with the Norwegian winning by three-tenths of a second. Stecher got Austria the bronze, finishing 3.4 seconds behind.

The Norwegians had started 25 seconds off of the Germans after finishing third in the ski jumping portion.

The United States’ foursome of Bryan Fletcher, Todd Lodwick, Taylor Fletcher and Bill Demong came home sixth.

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NORDIC COMBINED – TEAM LARGE HILL 4X5KM RELAY
1. Norway, 47:13.5
2. Germany, +0.3 seconds
3. Austria, +3.4 seconds

6. United States, +2:21.6

Caitlyn Jenner: Olympic decathlon title one half of ‘ultimate double’

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Caitlyn Jenner says she has ultimate double — winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and 2015 Glamour “Woman of the Year.”

Jenner sat down with Seth Meyers for an interview during a media tour for her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” which was released Wednesday.

She briefly mentioned her Olympic experience, winning the Montreal 1976 decathlon.

Jenner related it to her current work within the transgender community, one that she said is marginalized and misunderstood with high murder and suicide rates.

“What I’m doing today is mort important than winning the Games more than 40 years ago,” Jenner said.

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Syria-born Olympian takes advocacy role at U.N. refugee agency

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer.

Yusra Mardini was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, joining other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini “represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe.”

Mardini and her sister Sarah jumped overboard and swam for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

She swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year and has discussed refugees’ challenges with leaders like Pope Francis and President Barack Obama.

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