Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) took his second victory of the weekend at the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow. Photo: Riley Steinmetz/USSA
SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 15) – Olympic medalist and world champion Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) took a win for the second day in a row at the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow. Lodwick sat in sixth going into the cross country event after a 95m jump. Japan's Daito Takahashi started the cross country event in first after a massive 100.5m ride and finished third overall. Italy's Lukas Runggaldier came from 11th to claim second on the podium. The three-day event wraps up Sunday at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow.
Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) won the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup took an early lead over Japan's Daito Takahashi in the cross country event, finishing nearly 15 seconds ahead of Italy's Lukas Runggaldier.
Lodwick, an Olympic silver medalist, is looking to reclaim his World Cup spot after struggling with asthma during the 2011-12 season.
Michael Ward (Aspen, CO), who had a career best second in yesterday's event, finished 11th.
The Continental Cup is a stepping stone series to the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup with Lodwick's finish vital to U.S. World Cup quotas.
Todd Lodwick Today, I was a little bit more satisfied with my jumping. I was a little afraid of Runggaldier because I know he was fast yesterday, so I went out and really just paced myself. It was really a do or die weekend for me to try and get back to World Cup. I've earned my way back and that feels really good, but it's not without the support of my teammates, this coaching staff and our wax technicians to send me to the top of the podium. Without the teamwork of this whole crew, it wouldn't be possible.
Daito Takahashi (JPN) Yesterday was so hard. Today, I just kept my speed up and tried to keep my distance.
Lukas Runggaldier (ITA) Today, the race rate was hard. I felt the race from yesterday in my legs and I was very sick, but finally, I'm happy for the [result of] the second race. The track was perfect for this weather.