U.S. skier Bill Demong won first-ever American gold medal on the large hill in Nordic Combined Thursday at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Fellow American Johnny Spillane won the silver medal, and Austria's Bernhard Gruber won bronze.
Two days after anchoring the US to silver in the team event, Demong becomes the United States' first ever Olympic Nordic champion.
Alexei Grishin of Belarus won the men's Olympic aerials gold on Thursday while Jeret Peterson of the United States took the silver and China's Liu Zhongqing won the bronze.
Norway won its seventh gold medal of the Games in the women's 4x5km cross-country relay, with Germany second and Finland third.
German Viktoria Rebensburg posted a surprise win in women's giant slalom, ahead of Slovenia's Tina Maze and Austrian Elisabeth Goergl, while American skier Julia Mancuso finished in eighth place.
American Lindsay Vonn spun out and crashed on her first Giant Slalom run Wednesday at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and teammate Julia Mancuso's first run was truncated by race officials. Dense fog and falling snow at Whistler forced the officials to postpone the second run to Thursday morning.
Mancuso, the 2006 Olympic champion, had already begun her run when Vonn spun out on a right-hand turn and got tangled up in the netting. Mancuso was flagged off, took a snowmobile ride up to the top, and had to start again in worsened conditions.
"Today was definitely about going out there and doing the best I can," Mancuso said Thursday. "Given the circumstances yesterday I really had nothing to use and I found a hidden piece of energy to go and lay one down."
Vonn suffered a non-displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of the small finger on her right hand, according to U.S. Olympic Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Moeller. A decision about her participation in Friday's slalom has not been made.
Skiing and snowboarding medal events scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26 are: Men's 4x7.5k biathlon Relay; Women's Slalom; and Women's Parallel GS Snowboard;.
(Sources: Wire services, VANOC, and U.S. Ski Team.)