U.S. Ski Team athletes Bill Demong and Todd Lodwick one and two at Italy World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 10, 2010 12:04 pm

World Champions and U.S. Nordic Ski Team athletes Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick made history today (January 10) in Val di Fiemme, Italy, taking gold and silver medals. It was the first time two Americans stepped onto the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup podium together.

Demong and Lodwick led the pack during the 9K individual hill climb and were trying to support their teammate Johnny Spillane, who was looking for his second win of the season.

“We kind of expected Johnny to be our guy,” Demong explained.

Lodwick accidentally stepped on Spillane’s pole, however, with less than two miles to go, and the team struggled to get him back into the race.

“Johnny would have been right up there,” Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett said. “We failed him with the equipment today.”

Spillane started just 23 seconds behind Finland’s Anssi Koivuranta, and the team reduced that gap to 16 seconds by the first interval.

“The style of racing is a little bit different now,” Jarrett said, addressing the importance of strategy. “It seems like there’s quite a bit of parity in the field. It’s all about being in the right position in the pack to attack.”

The men now head to Chaux-Neuve, France, for two competitions next weekend.


photo: FIS

FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
Val di Fiemme, Italy
Men’s Individual Gundersen, 9K

1. Billy Demong (7/3), 33:49.9
2. Todd Lodwick (5/7), +15.3 seconds back
3. Eric Frenzel, Germany, (6/6), +24.1
4. Felix Gottwald, Austria, (45/1), +28.8
5. Magnus Moan, Norway, (26/2), +34.2
22. Johnny Spillane, (3/32), +2:11.2
29. Taylor Fletcher, (60/16), +3:18.3
35. Alex Miller, (48/34), +3:54.4
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