Steamboat sweeps podium as Lodwick wins 20th National Championship

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Todd Lodwick

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Johnny Spillane

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Taylor Flet­cher

— U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team member Todd Lodwick, of Steamboat Springs, earned his career 20th U.S. National Championship title Saturday with a win at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Park City, Utah.

After landing eighth in the jump, Lodwick made up a deficit of 1 minute and 7 seconds while skiing the fastest cross-country race, according to a U.S. Ski Team news release.

“This win is huge. For me it's a benchmark. I won my first U.S. Championship in 1994 and to be U.S. champ 18 years later is humbling,” Lodwick was quoted as saying in a U.S. Ski Team news release.

He was joined on the podium by Steamboat teammates Johnny Spillane and Taylor Fletcher.

Lodwick has another opportunity for a win Sunday at the Ski Jumping Championships, which begin at 8 a.m.

A history of success

In January 1994, Todd Lodwick took to the jumps at Howelsen Hill shortly after being named to his first Olympics team.

The following day, the 17-year-old Lodwick won his first U.S. National Championship.

Some 18 years later, Lodwick is still at it.

His decorated career includes 11 Nordic Combined National Championships and eight Special Jumping Championships — five in the large hill event and three in the normal hill event.

In 2004 and 2005, he won all three titles. Before Saturday, his last win came in the 2009 Nordic combined event.

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