Eric Frenzel has won Germany's first medal of the world Nordic championships. He took a hill event title in 2011 but had to settle for fourth last week and also missed a medal after finishing sixth in the team event.
In Thursday's combination cross-country event, Frenzel led from start to finish, and threw a 138.5-meter (457-foot) jump into the middle on the large hill in Val de Fiemme, Italy. From there, he led a lonely race on the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) piste at Lago di Tesero, winning in 27 minutes, 22.8 seconds.
Austria's Bernhard Gruber finished second, 36.7 seconds off the pace. Defending champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis of France was third, 37.2 seconds behind.
Frenzel led by 48 seconds at the halfway stage, even increasing his advantage to more than a minute before slowing down on the final straightaway to wave to the crowd as he crossed the line.
mkg/dr (AP, dpa)
No other player in the German national team personifies a "never give up" attitude more than Bastian Schweinsteiger. The decision to make him captain seems obvious and appropriate.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is due to take over the job of Philipp Lahm as Germany's new national team captain. Coach Joachim Löw has also announced his new assistant coach.