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Spillane takes 4th in Austria

Local Nordic skiers Lodwick, Demong also finish in top 10

Luke Graham

Johnny Spillane

— U.S. Nordic combined athlete Johnny Spillane just missed the podium Saturday at a World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria, finishing fourth.

Spillane, who also finished fourth at a World Cup earlier this season, finished 16th in the jumping portion before making up ground.

On his cross-country skis, Spillane led at the halfway point before France's Jason Lamy Chappuis took over the lead and won for the second consecutive day. Germany's Tino Edelmann was second, and Italy's Alessandro Pittin was third.

Spillane finished 4.2 second behind Chappuis and a half second off the podium.

"I just went out too hard," Spillane said in a U.S. Ski Team news release.

Fellow Americans Todd Lod­wick and Billy Demong also had good days. Lodwick finished sixth, and Demong was ninth.

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Brett Camerota made a strong push to be the fourth skier on the Olympic team, with a career-best 18th-place finish.

The World Cup wraps up today, before the Nordic combined team heads to Steamboat Springs in preparation for Wednesday's Olympic Trials.

Steamboat Springs' Taylor Fletcher finished third on Saturday at the Continental Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Austria's Tomaz Druml and Germany's Andreas Guenter finished first and second.

The third-place finish was a personal best for Fletcher. Nick Hendrickson also had a personal best 10th-place finish.

Steamboat's Alexander Miller finished 12th.

Fletcher was in 21st place after the jumping rounds but recorded the fastest 10-kilometer time of the day.

The Nordic combined Continental Cup continues today.

Aerialists open World Cup season Saturday in China

Multiple aerialists expected to compete Thursday in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Steamboat kicked off the season at a World Cup event in China on Saturday.

The World Cup continues today, before the aerialists are expected to head to Steamboat.

Jeret "Speedy" Peterson and Emily Cook led the way for the Americans, finishing in ninth and eighth, respectively.

Ryan St. Onge finished 13th, Dylan Ferguson finished 18th and Scotty Bahrke finished 21st on the men's side.

Lacy Schnoor took 17th, and Jana Lindsey finished 21st on the women's side.

"It was a disappointing day," head freestyle coach Jeff Wintersteen said in U.S. Ski Team release. "But tomorrow's another day, and we can get back on the horse."

Adaptive team tackles 1st World Cup event Saturday

Adaptive skier Chris Klebl finished third in the men's 15-kilometer sit-ski and seventh in the 10-kilometer at two World Cup races Saturday in Norway.

Fellow American Andy Soule also had top finishes, coming in seventh in the 15-kilometer and sixth in the 10-kilometer.

Action continues today with the first biathlon.

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