Steamboat Springs Nordic combined silver medalist Todd Lodwick, of Steamboat Springs, has seen and made a good deal of Olympic history in the past 22 years.
On Friday night, he will add a new distinction as he leads the U.S contingent into Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, during the Parade of Nations. Lodwick will be competing in a U.S. record sixth Winter Olympic Games, and NBC Sports revealed Wednesday morning that Lodwick will be the flag bearer.
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The parade is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. Friday on NBC, mountain time.
Lodwick, who made his Olympic debut at age 17 at the Albertville, France, Winter Games in 1992, won the U.S. Olympic Trials in December 2013 to earn his spot on the U.S. team for 2014. But his plans hit a bump in the road in mid-January while preparing for a World Cup competition in France. Lodwick took a tumble on the landing hill of the ski jump in Chaux Neuve, France, and dislocated his shoulder.
He has been rehabbing his shoulder and maintaining fitness since then, and he told Steamboat Today’s John F. Russell on Jan. 14 that he is focused on competing in the Nordic combined team event. It takes place late in the calendar of Nordic combined events in Sochi, buying him more time to recover.
“There are a lot of historical ramifications,” Lodwick said in January. “It means a lot to me, it means a lot to the U.S. Ski Team and I’m going to do everything possible to make sure I don’t let the team down. ... This is the first time I’ve crashed in competition in 20 years. It was just a freak accident.”
The team event will be the final Nordic combined competition and is scheduled for Feb. 20 at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in the mountains surrounding Sochi. The men’s individual normal hill event will take place Feb. 12, and the men’s individual large hill event will take place Feb. 18.