Steamboat's Lodwick 4th in World Cup in Austria

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Todd Lodwick

— Steamboat Springs’ Todd Lodwick continued his torrid pace Saturday in Ramsau, Austria, finishing fourth on the World Cup, just one-tenth off the podium.

Lodwick, who began the season with a pair of Continental Cup wins in Steamboat, made his 2010 debut on the World Cup circuit.

The 34-year-old jumped to fourth and started 16 seconds back. Lodwick battled for the podium the entire cross-country race before losing out in a sprint with Germany’s Johannes Rydzek.

Austria’s Mario Stechner picked up the win, and Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen was second.

“I’m happy to be up there where I was,” Lodwick said in a U.S. Ski Team release. “It was a typical comp where a lot of different factors played into the results. My objective today was to go out and ski my own race and see what the speed was on the World Cup.”

Teammate and fellow Steamboat Springs resident Bryan Fletcher continued his strong season, finishing 23rd.

Taylor Fletcher was 42nd, Nick Hendrickson was 47th and Eric Camerota was 59th.

The U.S. team is back at it today in Ramsau with the final pre-holiday competition.

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