Americans break through Nordic combined barrier

United States' Johnny Spillane celebrates winning the silver medal during flower ceremony of the Cross Country portion of the Nordic Combined Individual normal hill event at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

February 14, 2010 5:22:04 PM PST
Gasping for air, American Johnny Spillane was gliding toward the finish line, cowbells clanking in his ears, the stars and stripes shimmering in the stands, a gold medal and greatness both within his grasp.