The monkey is off the back of U.S. Nordic Combined skiers, and Coloradans have a lot to do with it.
Last week, Johnny Spillane, of Steamboat Springs, was the first American to ever win a medal in the event by taking silver, and this week the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team took silver, another first for American Nordic Combined athletes.
Medals have eluded the Americans for the past 86 years since the event was introduced to the Olympics.
The U.S. team, consisting of Spillane, Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong and Brett Camerota finished just 5.2 seconds shy of the Austrian team that took gold finishing in 48 minutes and 55.6 seconds. The Germans won bronze.
Both Spillane and Lodwick call Steamboat Springs home.
Lodwick even came out of retirement to compete one more time in Vancouver.
After a disappointment in Torino, he returned to Steamboat with his wife and baby and started selling real estate.
The Steamboat Pilot reports:
"I came out of retirement for two reasons," Lodwick said. "One was to have a lot of fun, and two was to get some hardware. We were extremely successful at World Championships, and now we've been overly successful here."
Nordic Combined includes both ski jumping and cross-country skiing.