Lodwick leads Nordic event

Jumping events postponed because of weather at World Championships

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— Blowing snow and blustery conditions postponed the opening event of the 2009 Nordic Combined World Championships on Thursday in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Officials were able to start the 10-kilometer, mass-start cross-country race in the morning but weren't able to complete the afternoon's jumping portion.

When and whether the jumping would continue today had yet to be determined at press time.

The U.S. team, however, took advantage of the morning cross-country race.

Todd Lodwick again was impressive, finishing the morning race in first place, five seconds ahead of Germany's Tino Edelmann. Bill Demong came in third, and Johnny Spillane was 28th.

"Todd had a great race today," U.S. Nordic combined coach Chris Gilbertson wrote in an e-mail. "Bill was all alone in the third lap for a while, but then the pack caught back up to him. It was snowing during the race as well, which makes it tough to ski in front. Johnny got boxed in coming out of the start up the first hill and had to make up too much ground to get to the front group. He did make it up, but it cost him too much to get there, so he couldn't stay. We are waiting for news to find out what time we jump (today)."

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