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Posted: Feb 12, 9:06p ET | Updated: Feb 12, 9:07p ET

Moan happy to hunt combined gold

Whistler (AFP) -- Norway's Magnus Moan says he is happy to hunt down the favourites for Sunday's Nordic Combined gold including France's current World Cup leader Jason Lamy Chappuis.

The 26-year-old is currently ranked fourth in the world and is among the medal contenders for the Normal Hill ski jump followed by the 10 kilometer classical cross-country race.

Having won a silver and bronze in Turin four years ago, the Norwegian knows what he needs to do to claim gold and prefers to hunt down his rivals in the cross-country element after the earlier ski jump.

"I'm more like a hunter, trying to catch the guy, so I'd like to be the top 10 somewhere, maybe 30 or 40 seconds behind (the leaders)," said Moan.

"The jumping is what I need to sort out, my last one in training today was better, I jumped good yesterday but I feel that I have much more improvement inside me."

Conditions for the Nordic combined athletes have been far from ideal here with sleet and rain showers blighting the training sessions.

"I have done many jumps here but I've never jumped in the rain," said America's Todd Lodwick.

"It is different. It is the first time I am jumping in a sleet rain-type situation."

And world leader Jason Lamy Chappuis has admitted he has been feeling the heat with pressure from the French media to transfer his World Cup success into Olympic gold.

"A lot of French journalists say that I'm the best chance of a medal for France," he said.

"The Olympic Games is very different from the World Cup. It's a lot of pressure and it's one day, so you have to be very focused on that day."

The Nordic combined see athletes begin with one ski jump on the normal hill, followed by a 10-kilometer cross-country ski race which usually consists of four laps of 2.5 kilometers.

The first skier across the finish line is the winner.

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