Steamboat Nordic combined stars earn big awards

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— The Steamboat Springs Win­ter Sports Club’s Nordic program, U.S. Nordic combin­ed coach Dave Jarrett and U.S. team members Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick were recognized by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association during an event Friday night in Park City, Utah.

This is the second time in four years the Winter Sports Club’s Nordic program has been named the top club in the country by the USSA. Program Director Todd Wilson said it’s an honor the club shares with the community.

Jarrett, who grew up in Steam­boat Springs, earned USSA Coach of the Year and International Nordic Combined Coach of the Year honors. Jarrett said this is the first time he’s won the Coach of the Year title. He was nominated in 2009 but lost out to freestyle coach Matt Christensen.

Spillane, who won two individual and one team silver medal at the 2010 Olympics, was named Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year, and Lodwick collected the 2010 Paul Nash Layman Junior Award, which goes to the winner of the U.S. National Championships. U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team member Billy Demong, who trained and lived in Steamboat Springs for several years, earned the Olympic Champion Award for his gold-medal performance in the large-hill competition at Whistler Olympic Park.

The top athletes, coaches and clubs were recognized Friday night at part of the annual USSA Chairman’s Awards Dinner.

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