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American Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick soars off the jump at Howelsen Hill during official training Friday morning. Lodwick, and the rest of the field in this year's Nordic Excavating Continental Cup competition, will be back on the hill today for the first of two competitions.

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Nordic combined event begins today in Steamboat

Thirteen nations and 52 athletes will return to Howelsen Hill at 9:30 a.m. today for the Nordic Excavating 2010 FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup meet. The one-jump, 10-kilometer ski race event will be the first Continental Cup competition of the season, and the U.S. team has high expectations.


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