Klimov won't ski jump for Russia at Sochi Olympics

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 17, 2014 at 2:30 am •  Published: February 17, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Nordic combined athlete Evgeniy Klimov won't do double-duty for Russia after all at the Sochi Olympics.

Klimov had been drafted into the five-man Russian ski jumping team for the large hill team event Monday due to an injury to Mikhail Maksimochkin, who broke two ribs in a training fall last week. The 20-year-old Klimov took three training jumps on Sunday but was not among the four jumpers listed on the start sheet for Monday's ski jump team final.

Klimov was unlikely to be near the podium in either event. Russia is not favored in the team jumping event, and although Klimov is a good ski jumper, he finished last in the cross-country component in the normal hill final of Nordic combined.

The large hill Nordic combined final is Tuesday.