Tuesday, December 5, 2000
Steamboat Springs Three U.S. Ski Team members who compete for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club recently placed at the Warsteiner Nordic Combined at Kuopio, Finland.
Todd Lodwick placed No. 14 in Saturday's opener and skiers Bill Demong and Johnny Spillane were 19th and 48th places, respectively.
On Sunday, Lodwick finished at the No. 11 spot, and Demong came in 31st. Spillane surprised many by placing at the No. 22 spot.
"We were really psyched with Spillane's 22nd (finish)," head coach Tom Steitz said. "That was only the second World Cup of his life."
Steitz said bad weather in Kuopio prevented his skiers from doing any training while in Finland. The team received word the event would go on as scheduled about a week before it left the United States.
The Steamboat skiers were scheduled to travel to Ramsau, Austria, for two events that were set for this Saturday and Sunday. But those events have been canceled. Two additional World Cup events at Lillehammer, Norway, were dropped Nov. 26 through 29. All four of those events were canceled because of lack of snow.
Jan-Erik Aalbu, World Cup coach from Steamboat, said his skiers did well despite the lack of training they were able to get done before the Finland event.
The Steamboat skiers were disappointed about the cancellations, Steitz said. The next World Cup event is tentatively scheduled to start Dec. 16 in Italy.
"We're just waiting for the phone call," Steitz said.
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