October 11, 2009
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Steamboat’s Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher were named to the A Team along with Billy Demong.
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.
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.
World Championships continue Monday with team event
All five Americans placed in the top 30 Saturday during the opening event of the 2011 Nordic Combined World Championships in Oslo, Norway. Billy Demong clocked the fastest cross-country race, finishing seventh, one spot ahead of defending champion and Steamboat Springs skier Todd Lodwick. Fellow Steamboat skiers Johnny Spillane, Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher were 19th, 22nd and 26th.
Team starts competition Saturday in Norway
Several U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team members have been preoccupied with family and injuries this year. But as the 2011 World Championships are set to begin Saturday and continue through March 4, don’t tell the Americans they don’t have a chance.
Steamboat Springs’ Todd Lodwick continued his torrid pace Saturday in Ramsau, Austria, finishing fourth on the World Cup, just one-tenth off the podium.
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.
Steamboat skier makes late charge at backcountry.com U.S. Nordic Combined Championships
Steamboat Springs’ Todd Lodwick charged late in Sunday’s backcountry.com U.S. Nordic Combined Championships at Soldier Hollow in Park City, Utah, but it wasn’t enough.
Winter Sports Club named Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year
The Unites States Ski and Snowboard Association named the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club the 2010 Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year. Coach Dave Jarrett and athletes Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick also earned honors.
There were no podium finishes Sunday for the Americans, but that hardly seemed to matter at the end of a season that included four Olympic medals.
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.
Nordic combined athletes stand together on podium in Italy
Watch out, world. The Nordic combined skiers of the U.S. Ski Team continued their scorching hot streak in World Cup competition Sunday. It wasn’t local hero Johnny Spillane this time, but again the Steamboat Springs connections were deep, and again the accomplishment was historic.
U.S. Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick returned to action Saturday and led a strong American finish at a Continental Cup meet in Park City, Utah. The U.S. Ski Team veteran and two-time World Champion led Saturday’s jumping round and then raced to victory on the 10-kilometer ski course at Soldier Hollow.
Five Nordic skiers from Steamboat Springs finished in the top 10 of Saturday's U.S. Nordic Combined Championships at the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., highlighted by Todd Lodwick's 20th U.S. title. Bryan Fletcher finished third, Taylor Fletcher finished fifth, Alex Glueck finished sixth and Alex Miller finished eighth to round out the impressive performance for Steamboat skiers.