Steamboat's Lodwick, Spillane unsure about Olympic future

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Todd Lodwick

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— Despite a season in which Todd Lodwick battled illness and struggled to fully train, a fifth-place finish in the large hill individual event at the 2011 Nordic World Championships proved that he still is one of the best Nordic combined skiers in the world.

It also meant Lodwick, a five-time Olympian from Steamboat Springs and member of the silver medal-winning U.S. squad at the 2010 Olympics, is committed to competing on the World Cup circuit again next year.

After that?

“I haven’t taken anything off the table,” said Lodwick, who despite a report on Faster

Skier.com on Thursday, said he remains uncommitted on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “I feel like I can be at the top. It’s something where we’ll make a decision and go forward. No matter the decision I make, I’m going to go at it 100 percent.”

The story on FasterSkier said Lodwick committed to the 2014 Olympics after the large hill individual event at the World Championships last month. Lodwick on Thursday didn’t rule out the 2014 games, but said he is not ready to make a decision on something so far in the future.

“I don’t know if you can put a timeline on a decision that’s three years away,” he said. “I 100 percent haven’t committed to Sochi. I’m taking it year by year. I’m skiing next year, and I’m going to have a lot of fun with it.”

Teammate Billy Demong already has committed to ski through the Sochi Olympics, while Johnny Spillane said Thursday that he remains undecided.

Spillane, who had his eighth surgery last summer, said he is unsure whether he will ski next year, let alone at Sochi.

“I still haven’t decided yet,” said Spillane, noting he’ll train as he always does in the summer. “I’m not really sure. It’s a big decision, and I want to take my time with it.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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