Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Park City, Utah High winds Thursday at Utah Olympic Park have pushed back the Nordic combined team competition.
After waiting for several hours Thursday morning for the wind to die down at the K-90 hill, officials made the decision to postpone the event. The jumping portion was supposed to start at 8:30 a.m. with the cross country relay race on Friday. Now, the event has tentatively been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
The U.S. team is comprised of Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong, Johnny Spillane and Matt Dayton, who all live and train in Steamboat Springs. The team competition is thought to be one of the best chances for a medal for the U.S., which has never won a medal in Nordic combined.
"We have never been this close," said coach Jan Erik Aalbu, who coaches the jumping for the team. "Now is the time to do it."