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Nordic combined

MEN'S INDIVIDUAL (NORMAL HILL)

When: Feb. 12.

Best of the U.S.: Four-time Olympian Billy Demong and five-time Olympian Todd Lodwick.

Best of the rest: Jason Lamy Chappuis of France is the defending champion.

U.S. chances to medal: Lodwick finished fourth in the normal hill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Little-known fact: The two-part Nordic combined event changed in 1988 when it adopted the Gundersen method. The farther an athlete jumps, the bigger head start he gets in the ensuing cross-country race.

MEN'S INDIVIDUAL (LARGE HILL)

When: Feb. 18.

Best of the U.S.: A veteran of World Cup competition, Bryan Fletcher qualified for Vancouver but withdrew with an injury. He was replaced by his brother, Taylor.

Best of the rest: Olympic bronze medalist Eric Frenzel of Germany stood atop the international rankings.

U.S. chances to medal: Billy Demong will be defending his gold medal from the Vancouver Games.

Little-known fact: After winning the U.S. team trials, the 37-year-old Lodwick is set to become the first American to compete in six Winter Games.

MEN'S TEAM

When: Feb. 20.

Best of the U.S.: Taylor Fletcher, who made his Olympic debut in Vancouver, excels at the cross-country portion of this event.

Best of the rest: The Austrians are the defending champions. Norway had five athletes in the international top 10.

U.S. chances to medal: The Americans took silver in this event four years ago, but star Johnny Spillane has retired.

Little-known fact: The Russians chose the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge for this event. It protects the jumpers from treacherous side winds.

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