Sports briefs: 3 Steamboat jumpers slated for Hall of Fame
December 3, 2009
Steamboat Springs — Three athletes with ties to Steamboat Springs will be inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame on Sunday in Red Wing, Minn.
Nordic combined skiers Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Ryan Heckman were named to the Class of 2009. Spillane and Heckman graduated from The Lowell Whiteman School, and Lodwick attended Steamboat Springs High School.
Spillane and Lodwick are members of the U.S. Ski Team and are expected to compete in the Winter Olympics in February in Vancouver, B.C.
Spillane won the Nordic combined sprint event at the 2003 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, and has been to the past three Winter Olympics. Heckman was with the U.S. Ski Team from 1992 to 1997. He was a member of four World Championship teams and competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Since 1994, Lodwick has been setting the bar for the U.S. Nordic combined team. The four-time Olympian has six victories on the World Cup Tour, won the German Grand Prix in 2004 and has stepped onto the international podium 30 times in his career. Last season, Lodwick reached new heights by winning a pair of gold medals at the World Championships on the jumps in Liberec, Czech Republic.
The three athletes will join 13 others being inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was formed three years ago and already includes several jumpers with ties to Steamboat Springs, including Carl Howelsen, Gordon Wren, Henry Hall, Scott Berry, Brendan Doran, Clint Jones, Rick Mewborn, Tommy Schwall, John Steele and Randy Weber.
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In addition to the local athletes, this year's class will include Lindsey Van and Karla Keck.
World Cup snowboarding event canceled because of snow
Snowboarder Justin Reiter arrived back in Denver on Wednesday, happy to be home but frustrated that the World Cup parallel giant slalom in Limone Piemonte, Italy, was canceled because of poor snow conditions.
"I have mixed feelings about the World Cup being canceled. I went over there with a goal and a slope in mind," Reiter said. "Now I just have to adapt and use this time at home to get ready for the next race. On the other hand, I'm always happy to come back to Colorado."
The event in Limone Piemonte was slated as the first of five qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Team. The FIS could reschedule the event in conjunction with the Dec. 17 World Cup in Telluride or in conjunction with events in Austria or Switzerland in early January.