Lodwick back on podium


Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick notched his second podium finish in less than a week after he finished third at a World Cup sprint event in Reit im Winkl, Germany, on Friday.

Tuesday, Lodwick placed third in Oberhof, Germany.

"That's another good one in the bank," Lodwick said in a release from the U.S. Ski Team. "Good conditions, great crowd -- another 10,000, I'd say, which was nice after the 10,000 we had in Oberhof."

Norwegian Magnus Moan was the surprise winner, while Olympic and former World Champion Samppa Lajunen of Finland was second.

Only 1.8 seconds separated the top two finishers.

Lodwick, meanwhile, finished 24.2 seconds behind Moan. Lodwick was third after the K90 jump, and he maintained his third-place spot through the 7.5K race.

Lodwick survived a near-spill on a downhill during the second of four laps.

"I led for a lot of the race up to then," he said, "but that was when Magnus and Samppa put a gap on me, and I couldn't catch them after that."

Lodwick remains in ninth place in the overall standings with 221 total points after seven events. Less than 90 points separates Lodwick and Lajunen, who is in fifth overall with 307 points.

Germany's Ronny Ackermann, who finished eighth Friday, leads the way with 582 points.

The German Grand Prix concludes Sunday in Schonach. Lodwick picked up one of his five World Cup wins in the German Nordic center during the 1998 season.


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