Emerging from retirement to capture a silver medal at the Vancouver Games in 2010, Lodwick is poised to cap a stellar career with another podium at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Olympic Trials Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping
The Olympic jumps in Lake Placid will play host to the nation's best ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes this weekend.
Taylor Fletcher posted the fastest cross country leg and placed fifth, skiing up from 23rd, in the large hill combined event in Oslo.
Five-time Olympian and silver medalist Todd Lodwick is this month's Athlete Spotlight.
Veteran Billy Demong anchored a solid full team performance to lead the USA to bronze in the nordic combined team event at the World Champs.
Bryan Fletcher moves up to 14th in the nordic combined in Val di Fiemme at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
A veteran team featuring three World Champions will represent the USA in nordic combined in the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Taylor Fletcher scored the fastest cross country time again to finish fifth in Seefeld.
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve, France.
Bryan Fletcher was 22nd and brother Taylor 26th to lead the USA in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach.
Taylor Fletcher and Billy Demong led the USA to third in a 4x5k World Cup relay in Schonach.
Todd Lodwick scored a hat trick, picking up his third straight win at the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow.
Todd Lodwick gets his second win of the weekend at the Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow.
Todd Lodwick and Michael Ward go 1-2 in the Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow.
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With five Olympics and ten World Championships under his belt, Todd Lodwick has one of the more impressive resumes in sports—but the 36-year-old isn’t done yet.
After a lull in 2012, Lodwick showed that he still has the ability, passion, and perhaps more importantly, the drive to compete on the international stage in 2013. In what he considers an “up and down” season, the Steamboat Springs native grabbed a victory and a runner-up finish at the two Sochi Grand Prix events in July. He then followed that up with a sweep of the first three Continental Cups in Park City/Soldier Hollow. Lodwick experienced a dry spell around mid-season, but ramped things up for the World Championships, taking third in the short hill team event.
With the 2014 Olympics right around the corner, memories of Vancouver 2010’s historic Team USA silver in nordic combined come flooding back, as do Lodwick’s two gold medals at World Championships in 2009. The two victories signaled a second coming for Lodwick, who had emerged from a two-year retirement to top the biggest podium of the year.
Lodwick’s early career included 18 U.S. titles (he has since added two more) and a Junior World Championship gold.
He, along with teammates Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong, have helped grow the sport in the U.S. from relative obscurity to international prominence in a little under two decades. The evidence is in a rising wave of strong U.S. competitors. Where once Lodwick led the U.S. charge, he will now battle for his sixth Olympic team with a solid group of U.S. hopefuls—an interesting, but welcome ‘problem’ for one of the skiers that started it all.
The Olympics is the pinnacle of our sport, so coming off a year of some pretty low points, I’m just really looking forward to next year and making sure that it doesn’t happen again. I learned a lot this year. I learned that I have to get used to the new style of ski jumping. I’m up for the challenge. I’ve got a lot of goals I want to accomplish next year and the season starts now. We’ve got a countdown to the Olympic Games and I can’t wait for every day to be as productive as possible.
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