World champion and clear favourite Ulrich Wehling of East Germany held his Olympic title when he won the gold model in the Nordic combined event at Seefeld, Austria.
World champion and clear favourite Ulrich Wehling of East Germany held his Olympic title when he won the gold model in the Nordic combined event at Seefeld, Austria. Wehling won despite a relatively poor time in the 15 kilometre (about 9 miles) cross country skiing. He was 13th in the cross country race but his outstanding jumping in the first half of the contest the day before gave him the highest overall points total of 423.39.
Light snow hampered the skiers as they threaded their way around the track even sapping the strength from men like Wehling who had been competing for 14 years. Wehling said afterwards it was one of the hardest wins of his life.
West Germany's Urban Hettich who came second was the fastest over the tiring cross country course. After coming 11th in the jumping Hettich thought the best he could hope for was fifth position but he produced the best cross country race of his career.
Another East German Konrad Winkler turned in the most consistent performance. He took fourth place in the jumping and came seventh in the cross country but his points total of 417.47 was only enough to earn him the bronze medal.
The best Russian, Nikolay Nagovitzin, could only manage sixth place, but the Soviet Union were still top of the overall medals table at the end of the day with seven golds out of a total of 14 medals. East Germany is second overall with five golds out of twelve medals.