U.S. Ski Team’s Todd Lodwick third at Chaux Neuve World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 16, 2010 10:19 am

World Champion Todd Lodwick is on a roll. The U.S. Team Nordic skier and Steamboat, CO native placed third at the Chaux Neuve World Cup in France. The bronze marked Lodwick’s second World Cup podium in as many weeks.

The U.S. Ski Team’s three World Champions – Lodwick, Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane skied strategically during the cross-country portion of the race, as each led the pack at different points. ”It’s nice to be on the podium and that’s what we work for;” Lodwick explained. “But, I have to give credit to the Team. I didn’t feel good in the third lap and they shared leading the group and enabled me to rest for the last tail end. I needed that extra effort to be up there.”

Norway’s Magnus Moan won gold with Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis taking second. Spillane finished fifth and Demong sixth.

The U.S. Ski Team trio were very close due to similar jump scores, but were unable to finish as a whole on the podium.

“They happened to all jump within seconds of each other, so that helps. It’s not always that way. All the strategizing in the world is only good if you can execute it. It didn’t work out the way we wanted, but that’s the way it goes,” U.S. Nordic Combined coach Dave Jarrett said. “One on the podium and three in the top six is still a good day.”

Lodwick felt positive about the team’s performance. ”It’s awesome to have three skiers in the top six. We just keep getting better and better,” Lodwick said. “It’s nice to be able to work together and get up there on the podium. We were hoping for a sweep, but there wa

s a smart skier out there and a fast one, so it was difficult. But, it’s nice to at least have one person on the podium and three in the top six.”

Sunday’s race will be the Americans’ final go before the Olympics. They will travel home for rest and later, a pre-Olympic camp in Park City, UT.

photo: USSA

OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
Chaux Neuve, France - Jan. 16, 2010
Individual Gundersen

1. Magnus Moan, Norway, (29/1) 23:30.7
2. Jason Lamy Chappuis, France, (1/11) +4.2 (seconds back)
3. Todd Lodwick, Steamboat Springs, CO, (7/3) +7.1
4. Pavel Churavy, Czech Republic, (6/4) +8.2
5. Johnny Spillane, Steamboat Springs, CO (5/6) +11.7
6. Billy Demong, Vermontville, NY (10/5) +14.0
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39. Taylor Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO (56/20) +2:58.6
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