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Frenzel a "50-50" chance for Nordic large hill

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 17, 2014 at 5:29 am •  Published: February 17, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Normal hill gold medalist Eric Frenzel has a virus and a high temperature and could miss Tuesday's Nordic combined large hill final at the Sochi Olympics.

A member of the German team told Olympic officials Monday that a decision on whether Frenzel would compete would be delayed until Tuesday morning. Frenzel has dominated World Cup competition this season, with seven wins in 11 meets, and his absence would be a significant setback to Germany's medal chances.

The 25-year-old Frenzel fell ill with a virus on Saturday night and has not trained since.

"Eric is ill. He has a fever," German team press attache Florian Schwarz said. "He is not training today and the team doctor will make a decision tomorrow at 8 a.m. whether Eric starts in the individual or waits for the team event," on Thursday.

Germany coach Hermann Weinbuch said after Monday's ski jumping training that Frenzel's chances of competing in the large hill were not good.

"I think there is little chance he will compete," Weinbuch said. "It's very hard to race here, so he must be strong. You are only a chance when you have all your power."

Taylor Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, said the competition would be poorer if Frenzel had to withdraw.

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