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)
Todd Lodwick and Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Taylor Fletcher skied into the top spot for the USA in 20th during the cross country portion of the individual Gundersen 10k event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA in 24th during Wednesday’s individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three nordic combined events of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick led Team USA amidst a thunderous applause from the packed crowd at the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony Friday at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick was honored by his fellow Olympians as Team USA flag bearer. It will be a record sixth Olympics for the Steamboat Springs nordic combined skier.
Four athletes, including reigning Olympic Champion Billy Demong, were nominated today to the 014 U.S. Olympic team in nordic combined. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Olympic silver medalist and 2014 Olympic Trials winner Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) was injured during a provisional competition round Friday in Chaux Neuve, France.
Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick earned an historic nomination to his sixth Olympic team Saturday with a victory at the 2014 Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
Top U.S. nordic combined and ski jumping athletes are set to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team this Saturday and Sunday when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
Bryan Fletcher (seen here at World Championships) posted the third-fastest time of the day to move up from 26th to finish ninth in Sunday’s World Cup in Schonach, Germany.
Bryan Fletcher notched his best finish so far this season, the second-fastest time of the day and the top result for the USA, finishing seventh in the nordic combined World Cup on Sunday.
Five-time Olympian Todd Lodwick, seen here at World Championships, anchored a fierce race effort with Bryan Fletcher to take fourth during the nordic combined 2x7.5k team sprint Saturday in Ramsau.
Todd Lodwick (pictured) finished 11th during the cross country portion of the 10k individual Gundersen on Sunday while World Championships bronze medalist Bryan Fletcher skied into the top ten, closing a large deficit with the fifth-fastest time of the da
World Championship bronze medalist Bryan Fletcher moved up from 36th to finish 16th during the 10k cross country portion of the individual nordic combined World Cup on Saturday.
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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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