Lowell, Ophelia and Erika Bailey on the podium // Billy Demong

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Historic U.S. biathlon gold: family, team, community, country – and belief

Can we be honest with each other? For a great many people, what comes out of Washington, regardless of who is who there, is just noise. What matters is what, truly, matters: family and community.

Indeed, it is the day-to-day stuff of real life, the rituals, the joys and the heartbreaks, the ups and downs of the days that can seemingly take forever and the years that go by in a blink amid children and family and community that bind us all together: the crazy quilt, the rich tapestry that is the United States of America.

Your 2013 world champion bronze medalist Nordic combined team from the United States: Taylor Fletcher, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher, all sporting American flag mustaches // photo courtesy Sarah Brunson and U.S. Ski TEam

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Mustache party: historic bronze for U.S. Nordic combined team

Anchored by Billy Demong, the fan favorite from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the U.S. Nordic combined team raced Sunday to a history-making bronze in the relay at the 2013 world championships at Predazzo, Italy.

The third-place finish made for the first-ever U.S. team world championships medal in Nordic combined. The best prior world championships result? Fourth, in 1995.