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Todd Lodwick sweeps all three events at jumping and combined nationals


Todd Lodwick sweeps all three events at jumping and combined nationals{mosimage}USSA — Todd Lodwick completed a gold-medal hat trick for the weekend Sunday when he won the large hill (K114) title at the Chevrolet U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on Howelsen Hill in his hometown of Steamboat Springs, Coloradoa.

Lindsey Van, the normal hill champion on Saturday, also won her second U.S. jumping gold medal in 24 hours, capturing the women’s LH title.

Lodwick, who won the nordic combined and normal hill (K88) championships Saturday, collected the 12th U.S. championship of his career with jumps of 119.5 and 122 meters, good for 253.8 points. Johnny Spillane (also Steamboat), who medaled in all three events at Howelsen, was silver medalist with Steamboat’s Tommy Schwall in third place.

Organizers at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club set the event at 7 a.m. again to beat the springtime temperatures which pushed the thermometer past 60 degrees Saturday.

“This weekend was redemption for a couple of missed championships,” Lodwick said. All but two of his dozen gold medals — seven in combined, five in jumping — have come at Howelsen. The others (one in combined, one on the normal hill) came at Lake Placid, New York, in 1999

“That nordic crew — Gary [Crawford], Todd [Wilson] and Chris [Gilbertson], ‘Coach Bear’ — did a great job pulling things together this weekend in this sunshine and tough conditions,” he said. “They made it happen and we should all be thankful for that.”

Lodwick, who returned Thursday from a one-week vacation in Hawaii, said it was pleasant to have calm conditions for the final event of the winter. “That tailwind [Saturday] was nasty,” he said, “but the track held up and it was pretty calm today, so it wasn’t so bad.”

Spillane agreed. “[Saturday] was difficult and that K90′s not my favorite hill,” he said. “But the big hill is my favorite; I definitely like it a lot and it was pretty mellow today.” He and his brother will leave next weekend for a week or so of fly-fishing in the West – sites to be determined, depending on snow melt and runoff, Spillane said.

Van breezed to her fifth U.S. jumping title as she went 106 and 111 meters, good for 206.7 points and nearly a 40-point margin of victory.

2004 U.S. Ski Jumping Championships
Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
March 21, 2004
Large Hill (K114 meters; jump distances in meters)
Men

1. Todd Lodwick, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (119.5-122) 253.8 points
2. Johnny Spillane, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (117-118.5) 244.0
3. Tommy Schwall, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (114.5-117.5) 239.7
4. Clint Jones, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (111.5-118) 232.2
5. Bill Demong, Vermontville, N.Y., (112-116) 229.0

Women
1. Lindsey Van, Park City, Utah, (106-111) 206.7
2. Jessica Jerome, Park City, Utah, (100-106) 167.9
3. Alissa Johnson, Park City, Utah, (90-96.5) 142.3
(Only competitors)

U.S. Nordic Combined Championships
Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
March 20, 2004
K88/10km

1. Todd Lodwick, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (1/3)
2. Johnny Spillane, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (2/1) 47 seconds behind
3. Eric Camerota, Park City, Utah, (3/5) 1:59
4. Bill Demong, Vermontville, N.Y., (5/8) 3:57
5. Alex Glueck, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (6/6) 4:40

U.S. Ski Jumping Championships
Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
March 20, 2004
Normal Hill (K88 meters; jump distances in meters)
Men

1. Todd Lodwick, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (94-91.5 meters), 245.0 points
2. Clint Jones, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (93.5-91.5) 239.5
3. Johnny Spillane, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (93.5-91.5) 228.0
4. Eric Camerota, Park City, Utah, (89.5-89.5) 222.5
5. Tommy Schwall, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (88.5-83.5) 209.0

Women
1. Lindsey Van, Park City, Utah, (83-88) 208.5
2. Jessica Jerome, Park City, Utah, (79-85) 190.0
3. Alissa Johnson, Park City, Utah, (76-79.5) 167.0
4. Blair Tomten, Hastings, Minn., (47-45) 23.0
(No other competitors)



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