Nordic Combined: Lodwick grabs back-to-back podiums


American Todd Lodwick finished today’s World Cup nordic combined competition in Oberhof, Germany in second palace, a feat he accomplished only one day before. The back-to-back podium results prove that his strong return to World Cup competition yesterday, after a two-year hiatus, was no fluke.


American Todd Lodwick finished today’s World Cup nordic combined competition in Oberhof, Germany in second palace, a feat he accomplished only one day before. The back-to-back podium results prove that his strong return to World Cup competition yesterday, after a two-year hiatus, was no fluke.

Topping the podium was World Cup standings leader Anssi Koivuranta of Finland, with his third career World Cup victory. French Jason Lamy Chappuis finished third.

Also in the top ten were Americans Bill Demong in eighth place and Johnny Spillane in tenth. The result pushes Demong into third in the World Cup standings. Today marked the first time three U.S. men cracked the top ten of a World Cup nordic combined event since 2001.
 
“Johnny is skiing really good and we worked together to get from 28th and 30th up to the front,” Demong told usskiteam.com. “All in all I think it’s really exciting that we can have the depth to put three in the top 10 and also have three different guys that can potentially come through for a podium. It’s awesome.”

Lodwick jumped his way into second and lead in the cross-country portion for the first half of the race.

“It was definitely a hard cross country race today. They groomed the course and it was boot-deep sugar. But, that’s the way it is and we had to deal with it and make due with what we had,” Lodwick says. “I am surprised with my jumping. My confidence started in Vancouver with my Continental Cup jumping. Coming to Oberhof was kind of like an old habit. I’ve been down the in run, I’ve skied here a bunch of times. I wasn’t nervous about the conditions at all.”

With the threesome firing on all cylinders the U.S. Ski Team is doing all it can to cultivate one more skier for a team campaign.   

The trio now looks to build on their momentum at the next World Cup event in Schonach, Germany, Jan. 3-4.


 1  2  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   27:22.2
 2  3  27 LODWICK Todd  1976  USA   27:29.1
 3  7  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   27:37.0
 4  8  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   28:02.7
 5  33  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   28:15.4
 6  15  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   28:16.3
 7  17  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   28:17.2
 8  28  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   28:17.8
 9  13  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   28:19.4
 10  25  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   28:20.3
 11  16  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   28:22.7
 12  12  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   28:26.6
 13  10  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   28:32.9
 14  1  604 ZAUNER David  1985  AUT   28:40.4
 15  18  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   28:44.8
 16  14  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   28:45.1
 17  4  591 KAMMERLANDER Tobias  1986  AUT   28:47.5
 18  6  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   28:54.2
 19  21  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   28:59.5
 20  30  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   29:03.8
 21  34  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   29:07.2
 22  39  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   29:12.9
 23  27  455 MARKENGBAKKEN Iver  1982  NOR   29:23.6
 24  26  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   29:26.6
 25  20  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   29:28.1
 26  36  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   29:34.7
 27  35  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   29:39.1
 28  9  1151 KAMENEV Anton  1986  RUS   29:40.2
 29  50  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   29:42.4
 30  41  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   29:42.8
 31  37  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   29:43.7
 32  40  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   29:44.6
 33  23  960 MASLENNIKOV Sergej  1982  RUS   29:50.9
 34  46  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   29:57.4
 35  54  1192 DRUML Tomaz  1988  AUT   30:06.0
 36  55  670 SCHLOTT Mark  1985  GER   30:11.5
 37  11  1473 ASIKAINEN Lauri  1989  FIN   30:14.8
 38  45  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   30:17.7
 39  48  705 KAEHKOENEN Ville  1984  FIN   30:18.2
 40  31  981 CAMEROTA Eric  1985  USA   30:19.2
 41  22  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   30:25.7
 42  29  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   30:28.2
 43  19  621 HOLLENSTEIN Michael  1984  SUI   31:09.0
 44  51  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   31:30.6
 45  44  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   32:36.4
 46  53  1444 SCHMID Tommy  1988  SUI   33:39.5


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