Todd Lodwick had an impressive weekend starting off with a huge win in the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow over France’s Wilfried Cailleau. U.S. Ski Team had four athletes finish in the top 20, including Nick Hendrickson finishing 17th, Brett Denney finishing 18thand, Michael Ward finishing second in a career best finish.
Following the race Lodwick commented, “This year has been up and down for me so to come back to the States and earn my spot back to World Cup it seemed liked a crescendo to do that over and over again. But, I have great success here and now that we have two on the podium, we have a really, really strong start to this weekend.”
Lodwick secured another victory Saturday at the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow defeating Italy’s Lukas Runggaldier after a sixth place start.
“Today, I was a little bit more satisfied with my jumping,” said Lodwick, “I was a little afraid of Runggaldier because I know he was fast yesterday, so I went out and really just paced myself.”
Lodwick had a tough 2011-2012 season after battling asthma all season, so “It was really a do or die weekend for me to try and get back to World Cup. I’ve earned my way back and that feels really good, but it’s not without the support of my teammates, this coaching staff and our wax technicians to send me to the top of the podium. Without the teamwork of this whole crew, it wouldn’t be possible,” commented Lodwick.
Lodwick earned himself a trip back to the FIS World Cup after pulling out a hat trick with his third straight win at the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup with a 37.4 second victory over Austria’s Sepp Schneider. Teammate, Brett Denney, finished in 14th, after starting in 48th after the jump.
Lodwick changed up his style for this weekend as he said, “Prior to this week I had been struggling with my jumping so I went back old school with some old skis and found my groove again.”
“Today I just went out easy and tried to not stress myself too much. I felt I could control the race from the start – a lot different from the first day when I was a minute back. Today I wasn’t feeling my best but I was able to control the race,” said Lodwick, “I always hold myself to a high standard. When I’m not competing at the highest level I’m very frustrated.”
Austria’s Schneider congratulated the U.S. winner with, “It was a hard race. At the end I was still able to push when the French skier was coming towards me. I was second in the jump but Todd (Lodwick) caught me on the first lap. He’s a really good skier.”
Lodwick will compete in the World Cup tour in early January in Schonach, Germany.