February 24, 2011
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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.
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.