With a strong summer of preparation behind, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team has its sights set on the 2013 World Championships and the Olympics in Sochi just a year away. A talented squad of 10 athletes, including three newcomers, was officially named during a final pre-season tune-up camp on the World Championship jumps in Italy following a camp at the Center of Excellence in Utah. A Teamers of Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY), Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO), and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) together account for a dozen Olympic and World Championship medals along with Bryan Fletcher’s (Steamboat Springs, CO) stunning season-ending victory in the King’s Cup at Holmenkollen in Norway.
Three newcomers were added to the B Team including Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI), Erik Lynch (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Michael Ward (Aspen, CO). Joining them will be Brett Denney, Taylor Fletcher and Nick Hendrickson.The FIS World Cup season opens November 24-25 on the Olympic venue in Lillehammer, Norway. The FIS Nordic Ski World Championships return to Val di Fiemme, Italy February 20-March3, 2013, the site of Spillane’s breakthrough World Championship gold 10 years ago. Five Team athletes are currently enrolled in the U.S. Ski Team’s partnership program with Westminster College in Salt Lake City including Brett Denney, Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Nick Hendrickson and Adam Loomis. Following a successful camp at the USSA Center of Excellence, Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow in Utah, the Team was in Predazzo, Italy for a final tune-up on the World Championship jumps in Val di Fiemme.
Dave Jarrett, the Head Coach said, “Everyone has done a good job preparing for the season and we are psyched to start with strong A and B Teams. We have two important seasons coming up with World Championships and Olympics. We want to execute this year so that we have confidence going into the Olympic season.”