FALUN, Sweden (AP) -- Severin Freund helped Germany win the mixed team ski jump event at the Nordic skiing world championships Sunday by doing just enough in the final round to hold off Norway.
Germany led after three of four rounds but Norway's Rune Velta -- who beat Freund to the individual normal hill gold on Saturday -- put pressure on his rival by soaring 95.5 meters with his team's last jump. Freund did even better, though, jumping 96 meters to secure the gold.
Germany -- with women's champion Carina Vogt also on the team -- finished with 917.9 points, while Norway was 2.3 points back for silver. Japan -- with 42-year-old veteran Noriaki Kasai on the team -- took bronze.
American jumper Nicholas Alexander crashed on his second jump when his left knee buckled after landing. He needed help to leave the stadium but was smiling and waving to the crowd. The U.S. finished seventh.