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After Three Olympic Silvers, Spillane Retires Before 2014 Games

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

A longtime staple and accomplished veteran on the U.S. Nordic Combined Team, Johnny Spillane announced Thursday that he was retiring from the sport. In a letter to Steamboat Today, Spillane, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., cited family as his main reason for leaving the national team and life as a professional skier before the 2014 Olympics.

“My desire to be at home with my family outweighs my desire to pursue another Olympic medal,” he wrote. “In addition, I’m at a point in my personal life where I cannot afford to take the risk involved with professional athletics. I have a family for which I provide, and an injury or poor season can make it incredibly difficult to do so. While I will miss the sport, I will not miss the travel and the weeks away from home. It is difficult to watch your daughters grow up on Skype.”

Spillane, 32, racked up three Olympic silvers at the 2010 Vancouver Games and an individual gold at the 2003 World Championships.

“I am very proud of what our team accomplished while I was a member,” Spillane continued. “When I started, we had no Olympic or World Championship medals. Now the team boasts of three World Champions [Spillane, Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick], two Olympic individual medalists [Spillane and Demong] and one Olympic champion [Demong].”

He also thanked the Steamboat community for its support and intends to remain settled there.

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Frenzel Imperious, Bryan Fletcher Top US finish

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Eric Frenzel (GER) skied to his third victory in a week, this time in his home stadium in Klingenthal, Germany.  His form has finally arrived, and with it, success.

Frenzel won the ski jumping competition and began the cross country ski race in the first bib.  He would not relinquish his advantage for the duration of the 10km race, crossing the finish line with a comfortable 10.4 second margin ahead of countryman Tino Eldelmann (GER).  Frenzel finished with a total time of 23:13.8.

Third place honors went to Wilhelm Denifl (GER), who showed strong skiing form after a 6th place jump.  He finished in 23:20.

Bryan Fletcher delivered the best US performance on the day, finishing an encouraging 6th place after a 15th place jump; his time was 24:07.8, 54 seconds behind winner Eric Frenzel (GER)

Brother Taylor Fletcher was the next best US finisher; he secured a 17th placed position after a 34th placed jump in a time of 24.49.2.

Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong also took part today, capturing 22nd and 29th place respectively.

Nordic Combined action continues tomorrow with the Penalty Race 140HS/10km competition.



Lodwick Wins Day 2 of Summer Grand Prix

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A runner-up on Saturday, Todd Lodwick made it to the top on Sunday, winning the second competition of the FIS Summer Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia.

Lodwick ranked fifth after the large hill (140-meter) jump and used his jets in the 10 k Gundersen start to finish first in 19:39.7, beating Saturday’s winner Bernhard Gruber of Austria by 0.4 seconds. Gruber was first after the jumps and finished second overall. His Austrian teammate Tomaz Druml was third (+47.3).

American Johnny Spillane rose to seventh overall after ranking 15th in the jumps. He had the sixth-fastest race split, and teammate Taylor Fletcher was close behind in 10th.

Other North American results:

21. Bryan Fletcher (USA); 25. Wesley Savill (CAN)

Sunday’s overall results 

Complete results from Sochi

The Grand Prix resumes in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, Aug. 25-26. For a schedule, click here.