December 7, 2009
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Steamboat’s Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher were named to the A Team along with Billy Demong.
No medals for the Steamboat-led squad at Worlds
The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team couldn’t overcome a 1 minute, 4 second deficit after the jumping portion of Friday’s final World Championships event in Norway, finishing sixth as a team and ending the weeklong competition without any team or individual medals.
The secret is out. The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team won’t sneak up on anyone this year. Fresh off banner performances at the 2009 World Championships and 2010 Olympics, the Nordic combined team opens its season Friday in Kuusamo, Finland, as one of the top teams in the world.
Three-time Olympic silver medalist Johnny Spillane hurt his knee while cliff-jumping into a lake while attending teammate Billy Demong's wedding earlier this month. Spillane had surgery Tuesday and said doctors have told him he should be ready for the 2011 season, including the 2011 World Championships in Oslo-Holmenkollen, Norway.
Johnny Spillane noticed a broken ski just before taking off for a training jump Friday at the rain-soaked Nordic combined facility in Whistler. Regardless, the team remained upbeat while preparing for Sunday's competition.
Race wraps up team’s pre-Olympic competitions
By the standards of this season, it may not stand out. But the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team still recorded a strong day Sunday at the World Cup event in Chaux-Neuve, France. Billy Demong finished fourth. Todd Lodwick, fresh off a podium performance Saturday, was 13th, and Johnny Spillane 16th.
Demong, Spillane notch top-6 finishes
The U.S. Nordic Combined Team continued its torrid trek to the 2010 Winter Olympics on Saturday, notching a podium and three finishes in the top six. Todd Lodwick stood on the podium for the second straight week, finishing third at the World Cup event in Chaux Neuve, France.
Steamboat Nordic skiers fare well in Italy
The U.S. Nordic Combined Team picked up three more top-10 finishes Saturday in Predazzo, Italy, in one of the most hotly contested events of the year.
Steamboat skier wins Nordic combined World Cup event
Steamboat Springs skier Johnny Spillane dominated the Sunday competition at a Nordic combined event in Oberhof, Germany, as he made the climb to the top of a World Cup podium for the first time in his 130 circuit starts.
Local Nordic skiers Lodwick, Demong also finish in top 10
U.S. Nordic combined athlete Johnny Spillane just missed the podium Saturday at a World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria, finishing fourth. Spillane, who also finished fourth at a World Cup earlier this season, finished 16th in the jumping portion before making up ground.
When the 2010 Winter Olympic Games open in Vancouver, B.C., in February, Steamboat Springs’ long-running Olympic tradition is likely to continue. It will be fueled by homegrown athletes like Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane, Alex Miller, Brett Denney and Bryan and Taylor Fletcher. But there will be others.