Having built a lead in the ski jumping stage of the event, Japan’s Akito Watabe took a one-second advantage into the cross-country section, hoping to build upon his silver medal at Sochi 2014.
However it was Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber who looked to have won the day, and the gold medal, as he dominated most of the race.
But in the last two kilometres Team Deutschland came to the party. Riiber faded badly and could only look on in despair as German Johannes Rydzek, Fabian Riessle, and Eric Frenzel took gold, silver, and bronze respectively.
Not only was it Germany’s first Nordic Combined Large Hill gold medal, but it was also the first medal sweep ever in the discipline.
Unsurprisingly the German juggernauts’ antics served as a catalyst for an outpouring of support online, ranging from the outright patriotic to the downright witty!
This first onlooker, for example, thinks the German medal winners have skills that would suit another line of employment.
Apparently Germany's triple winnes (gold, silver, bronze) in the nordic combined event are customs officials. No smuggling any valuable metals past them! https://t.co/9rIe6E5mhs
— Frank Jordans (@wirereporter) February 20, 2018
And there was only one side in it!
Nordic Combined or how I like to call it: Akito Watabe vs Germany
— UOL Jessi 🦄🇩🇪 (@_princessTM) February 20, 2018
We can only hope this spectator has thick walls, for their neighbours’ sake!
Gold, Silver and Bronze for Germany in the Nordic Combined!!!! I may have shouted down the house lol! #Olympics2018
— Pixxa's Manager ❤️ (@KateL2355) February 20, 2018
Assuming capital letters mean shouting, the same sentiment applies here.
GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE FOR GERMANY IN THE SAME EVENT! PURE DOMINANCE IN THE NORDIC COMBINED!
AMAZING! UNBELIEVABLE! YOU ARE HEROES! #Olympics
— Minding: Freedom🐻 (@MindingFreedom) February 20, 2018
But it wasn’t just the German public that were excited. Even overseas government representatives were swept up in the wave of national pride.
— German Embassy (@GermanyinUSA) February 20, 2018