Johnny Spillane retires

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- World champion Johnny Spillane, who won three silver medals in Nordic combined ski races at the Vancouver Olympics, is hanging up his skis nine months before the Sochi Games.

Spillane announced his retirement Tuesday after more than 13 years in the sport that combines a ski jump and a brutal test of speed over a cross country course.

Spillane made his World Cup debut in 2001 and two years later became the first American to win a world championship, taking gold in the sprint event in Val di Fiemme.

He broke the Americans' 86-year Olympic shutout with an individual silver at Whistler in 2010, then teamed with Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong and Brett Camerota to take second in the team relay before finishing behind gold medalist Demong on the large hill.

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