Steamboat's Todd Lodwick places 8th at World Cup

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— Steamboat Springs skiers climbed high in the rankings Sunday during a World Cup Nordic combined event in Chaux-Neuve, France.

Todd Lodwick finished eighth in a tight field, ahead of 17th-place Johnny Spillane, 26th-place Billy Demong and 27th-place Bryan Fletcher.

“On the surface, four guys in the top 30 — we haven’t done that in a while,” Nordic combined coach Dave Jarrett said in a news release.

France’s Jason Lamy-Chappuis won the event to wrap up the season’s World Cup title.

Lodwick entered the cross-country portion of the event in third place, finishing with a jump of 114.5 meters, 1 meter off the lead.

Lamy-Chappuis ran away from the pack in the race and Lodwick got stuck in a massive train of chasers.

“It was certainly a much better jumping competition for Todd today — a solid competition for him,” Jarrett said. “He’s been battling a bit of sickness lately and it’s still bothering him a bit. What he managed to do with the group around him was great. He ran out of gas a little bit on the second half of the last lap and couldn’t quite match the pace.”

The team now returns to Park City, Utah, to train for the next month in preparation for the World Championships, which begin Feb. 23.

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