Eric Frenzel of Germany became the third Nordic combined athlete in the history of the Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 14 to win two career gold medals in the 10 km individual normal hill competition. Frenzel follows in the footsteps of Johan Grottumsbraten, who won the gold medal at the 1928 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz and the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid and Ulrich Wehling of East Germany who won the Nordic combined gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck and the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.
Frenzel had the fifth best score in the ski jump as he registered a total of 121.7 points. He then posted the sixth fastest time in the cross-country skiing portion of the event with a time of 24 minutes, 15.4 seconds. Frenzel's overall time was 24 minutes, 51.4 seconds. The top American was Bryan Fletcher in 17th place.
For the first time since the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, one country swept the podium in nordic combined. Germany won gold, silver and bronze in the large hill ski jumping/10 km cross-country skiing event. The top American was Bryan Fletcher in 17th place. (It should be noted that Germans swept the podium in Nordic combined at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, however, two medalists competed for East Germany and one for West Germany).
In the team nordic combined, Germany won their third nordic combined gold medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. They became only the second nation in the history of the Olympic Winter Games to win three gold medals in nordic combined at a single Olympics. The first was Finland at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. For Eric Frenzel and Johannes Rydzek it was their second gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics as Frenzel won the nordic combined normal hill ski jumping event and Rydzek won the large hill ski jumping event. Austria has won a medal in the team competition at the last five Olympic Winter Games. The United States finished in 10th place.
Here are the winners of the Nordic combined events at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang:
Normal Hill Ski Jumping/10 km Cross Country Skiing:
GOLD: Eric Frenzel (Germany) 24:51.4
SILVER: Akito Watabe (Japan) 24:56.2
BRONZE: Lukas Klapfer (Austria) 25:09.5
Large Hill Ski Jumping/10 km Cross Country Skiing:
GOLD: Johannes Rydzek (Germany) 23:52.5
SILVER: Fabian Riessle (Germany) 23:52.9
BRONZE: Eric Frenzel (Germany) 23:53.3
Team Nordic Combined:
GOLD: Germany 46:09.8
SILVER: Norway 47:02.5
BRONZE: Austria 47:17.6