World Champion Todd Lodwick sweeps Utah Continental Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 14, 2009 9:34 am

Steamboat, CO-local Todd Lodwick had an excellent ‘warm-up’ this weekend in Utah as he swept the International Ski Federation Nordic Combined Continental Cup held at Soldier Hollow and the Utah Olympic Park. The World Champion was followed on the podium by Austrian Tomaz Druml in second and Germany’s Steffen Tepel in third.

“It never ceases to amaze me that the first race of the year has something special involved with it and in this case it was the weather,” said Lodwick, referring to the near-blizzard conditions that swept the area. “I think that the skiing was a little easier, but on the downhill’s it was really hard to see the contours of the track.”

Lodwick wasn’t the only U.S. Ski Team athlete to have a solid start. Park City’s Eric Camerota moved from 10th Saturday to a final finish of fourth. Alex Miller (also of Steamboat) who was fourth on Saturday, nabbed his second straight top-ten.

“It was a great day for the USA and the work we’ve been doing,” added Lodwick. “I can’t say enough about my teammates. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here. Alex Miller and Taylor Fletcher and I trained a lot at Steamboat before these races and it really helped. Steamboat is a great community that really helps its athletes. I met with the ski area in November and laid out my plan. They really accomodated us.”

Lodwick leaves today for Europe for a three-event weekend in Ramsau, Austria before heading back to the USA for the Olympic Trials at Steamboat.


photo: USSA/Kelly