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Lodwick Locks Up Olympic Spot at U.S. NoCo Trials

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Todd Lodwick is a performer. The five-time U.S. Olympian successfully earned a ticket to his sixth Games with a victory on Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Park City, Utah.

According to USSA, the 37-year-old Lodwick is the first American to make a sixth Olympic team. His first Olympics were nearly 20 years ago at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

“It’s a daunting and humbling statement, but I don’t think there was any doubt in my mind, even before this competition, that I was going to make my sixth team as long as I trained hard and competed well,” Lodwick said in a press release.

The U.S. Nordic Combined veteran bested teammate Billy Demong in the jump Saturday morning, and went on to hold his 36-second lead to the finish in the afternoon 10 k at Utah Olympic Park.

“I haven’t been this nervous for a competition for a really long time,” Lodwick said. “I think that is something that I’ve been missing a little on the World Cup tour. Today there was a lot on the line. And to be in front of friends, family and supportive people who have traveled so far to cheer us on as nordic combined skiers and as the legacy of the sport is overwhelming.”

Bryan Fletcher took second, 17.3 seconds after Lodwick, and Demong placed third. Aside from Lodwick, the rest of the U.S. Olympic team will be selected based on World Cup results and named Jan. 22.

NBC will recap Saturday’s nordic-combined trials and live stream the ski-jumping trials on Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST.

Results

Comeback Kid: Fletcher Goes from 30th to Seventh, Demong Notches Ninth for U.S.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Eric Frenzel of Germany jumped third and raced to first on Sunday for his third World Cup win this season, taking the 10 k individual Gundersen title by 5.3 seconds in 21:52.4. But he only started 8 seconds behind the leader.

Not taking anything away from Frenzel, the current World Cup overall leader, or Norway’s Haavard Klemetsen, who led the jump then finished second. But there were guys like Norwegian Mikko Kokslein that rose from the depths — 32nd in the jump to third overall — that really impressed in Sunday in Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria.

Kokslein posted the fastest 10 k in 20:45.0 to finish just 0.3 seconds out of second. Norway’s Magnus Krog placed fourth (+6.3) after starting 13th, Japan’s Akito Watabe jumped to eighth and finish fifth (+7.1), and Germany’s Fabian Riessle started 29th to place sixth (+7.6) with the third-fastest time.

Then there was Bryan Fletcher, who teamed up with Todd Lodwick on Saturday to bring the U.S. from 14th to a historic fourth in the team sprint. Fletcher’s jump ranked 30th out of 47 on Sunday, and the 27-year-old Colorado native skied up to seventh with the second-fastest time, 8.3 seconds behind Kokslein. After starting a minute and 9 seconds behind Klemetsen, Fletcher ended up just 9.9 seconds behind Frenzel as the winner and 4.3 seconds off the podium.

“Jumping was not my strongest today but I was in the hunt and thats the only thing that matters,” Fletcher wrote in an email. “I know I can improve and I am looking forward to more chances and opportunities to improve next week in [Schonach, Germany].
“I was surprised to see 2nd fastest time on the results sheet,” he added. “I was just focused on skiing my race and trying not to get caught up in any of the pack scrambles.”

In his first race of the weekend, Billy Demong posted the 16th-best jump and eighth-fastest time to tally ninth (+10.6), his best individual result of the season. He was four-tenths of a second behind Austria’s Lukas Klapfer in eighth.

“I’ve been really focused on jumping this summer and really laid a solid foundation and built into good form which unfortunately did not translate right away in competition,” Demong wrote in an email. “But I am starting to feel really good on the hill now and also feel room for improvement.

“I thought I could be maybe make the podium and I really felt that I skied a well paced and executed race but when 15 guys hit the final climb together I chose a bad line and got caught up at one pony coming to a stop,” he explained. “I’m happy though I had good energy throughout the race and pushed over the top of all the climbs really hard.”

Lodwick placed 33rd (+1:22.8) after starting 40th and skiing the 26th-fastest time.

“All in all I think that we are showing that we are coming into form and that 3 top tens and near podiums with pretty average performance gives us confidence of good things to come!” Demong wrote.

Results

Bryan Fletcher, Lodwick Rally from 14th to Fourth in Ramsau Team Sprint

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Starting 14th of 20 teams in Saturday’s World Cup team sprint, US Nordic Combined’s Bryan Fletcher and Todd Lodwick put down ferocious 2 x 7.5 k lap times to finish fourth, just over a second off the podium in Ramsau, Austria.

Norway’s first team of Mikko Kokslein and Jørgen Graabak won the event in 33:59.3, just 8.2 seconds ahead of Norway II’s Haavard Klemetsen and Magnus Krog in second. Italy took third with Samuel Costa and Alessandro Pittin, 8.8 seconds behind the winners and 1.2 ahead of Fletcher and Lodwick, who combined for the fastest cross-country time.

The second U.S. team, Brett Denney and Taylor Fletcher placed 15th.

Results

Frenzel Takes World Cup Lead with Lillehammer Win; U.S. Notches 10th and 11th (Updated)

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Second heading into the Sunday’s 10-kilometer race on the final day of the World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, Germany’s Eric Frenzel took control and won in 29:27.7, beating his competition by nearly a minute on a snowy afternoon.

Norway’s Magnus Krog placed second, 52 seconds back, and Akito Watabe reached the podium for the second-straight day in third (+52.6).

“It was a race how you want it; I am pleased that I have the yellow jersey again,” Frenzel told Sueddeutsche.de, according to a translation. “I had to give it a day, but [I] fought back.”

Coming off his first World Cup win this season at last weekend’s opener in Kuusamo, Finland, Frenzel placed 10th in Lillehammer on Saturday. Sunday’s win, the 11th of his career, put him back on top of the overall World Cup rankings.

Skiing the fifth-fastest 10 k behind Frenzel, whose time ranked fourth, Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. in 10th — an improvement from finishing 16th on Saturday. He finished 1:44.3 minutes behind Frenzel after starting 26th.

“The race went about as well as I could have asked for,” Fletcher wrote in an email. “Looking at the start list I was thinking to myself if I have a good race, I could finish top 10 realistically I was thinking I would be happy with just a good race no matter what place. … This weekend I was able to make solid steps to get back on track to where I need to be.  I was really happy to be back in the game and I am excited for the weeks to come!”

Fletcher’s teammate Todd Lodwick was 7.9 seconds behind in 11th after posting the 16th-best jump and skiing the 13th-fastest time. For Lodwick, it was his best World Cup result in nearly three years.

Billy Demong suffered his second disqualification in two weekends of racing. “… forgot my bib. 2x too many for one career. I think @fisnc should keep a couple spares at the top and just fine instead,” Demong tweeted.

Results

Lamy Chappuis Holds on for Lillehammer Win; Bryan Fletcher Leads U.S. in 16th

Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Saturday's winner, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France (c) on the podium with Japan's Akito Watabe (l) in second and Norway's Mikko Kokslien in third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

Saturday’s winner, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France (c) on the podium with Japan’s Akito Watabe (l) in second and Norway’s Mikko Kokslien in third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

Second in the jump at Saturday’s World Cup competition in Lillehammer, Norway, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France kept Japan’s Akito Watabe at bay in the 10 k, beating him by 13.5 seconds for his first win of the season in 26:45.2. Lamy Chappuis started the race behind teammate Francois Braud, first in the jump and ultimately sixth.

“I started with a really good jump; it’s always easier to start in front and to give your own pace,”  Lamy Chappuis told Eurosport. “We had a good pace with my teammate Francois Braud. It was really nice to be together at the front of the race. … I was a little bit afraid of the Norwegians at the end, but I stayed in front which was great. Akito started really fast, too.”

Watabe had the third-best jump and finished second. Mikko Kokslien of Norway placed third (+18.3) with the fastest 10 k time, coming back from 28th in the jump.

The Lillehammer World Cup nordic-combined venue early Saturday morning. (Photo: Billy Demong/Twitter)

The Lillehammer World Cup nordic-combined venue early Saturday morning. (Photo: Billy Demong/Twitter)

After failing to qualify for the individual competition last weekend in Kuusamo, Finland, the U.S. men’s team had two in the top 20. Bryan Fletcher placed 16th (36th in the jump, 11th in cross-country), and Billy Demong finished 19th (45th in the jump, ninth-fastest time).

In an email, Fletcher described challenging jumping conditions with high and variable winds, especially earlier in the round, after the provisional round was canceled.

“We were very lucky to be able to get a comp off and have a race,” he added. “The conditions on the XC course are awesome. I really like the new course it’s very challenging and has a fun rhythm to it.”

Saturday’s competition marked Fletcher’s second time jumping in new boots, so he focused on having “a good feeling and not trying to hard.”

His jump put him in a position where he needed to conserve initially in the 10 k to have some kick at the end.  “However once I got started the plan went out the window and I just hammered,” Fletcher wrote. “I payed for it at the end but over all I was very happy with my result!”

Demong wrote in an email that he had some good jumps in training throughout the week, giving him confidence for Saturday’s competition.

“I was able to go for it and I think today was something to build on!” he wrote, referring to his “average jump and average race.”

“I’m excited going forward,” Demong added.

Taylor Fletcher placed 22nd (53rd in the jump, eighth in cross-country), and Todd Lodwick was 34th (37th jump, 36th cross-country).

“Last weekend we had a tough go of a lot of things and we had some kinks to work out,” Bryan Fletcher explained. “We really used our days of training to work those kinks out and now I feel we are back on track. We are now just excited for more opportunities to keep climbing the results ladder.”

“Kuusamo has been tough for a lot of people but rarely a season definer,” Demong wrote. “We had a great week of training on the hills here and got our confidence back.”

Results

Demong Anchors U.S. to Historic World Championships Bronze in Team Event

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — After placing fourth in the past two World Championships, the Americans made a point to land on the podium on Sunday in the normal hill/4 x 5 k team event and make history for U.S. Nordic Combined.

Starting in fifth about a minute behind Japan, which had the best jumping team score, the U.S. (Taylor Fletcher, Bryan Fletcher, Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong) rose to second early in the second leg with a strong performance from Bryan Fletcher. Austria’s Wilhelm Denifl had broken away a few kilometers into the race, and Fletcher tagged off to Lodwick in third, 23.3 seconds behind Austria and and less than a second behind Norway.

Lodwick worked with Norway, France and Japan to catch Austria’s Lukas Klapfer, positioning the U.S. in fourth at the last exchange.

Early in the final leg, Demong surged up front to lead Japan, France, Norway and Austria. With less than 2 k to go, he was still in the lead, followed closely by Norway’s Magnus Moan and France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis. On the final climb, Moan and Chappuis attacked and dropped Demong.

While Lamy Chappuis outsprinted Moan to the finish by 0.4 seconds to win gold for France, Demong held off Japan’s Yusuke Minato and Austria’s Mario Stecher on the downhill into the stadium and placed third, 4.2 seconds behind.

Results

Lamy Chappuis Picks Off the Places to Win World Championships Opener

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis (c) outlunges Austria’s Mario Stecher (l) for gold and Bjorn Kircheisen of Germany, who was third in the individual normal hill/10 k on Friday at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — After jumping to 11th on the first day of the Nordic Combined FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Predazzo, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France knew starting 1:13 minutes back in the 10-kilometer Gundersen that he could fight for the podium if everything went right Friday. The defending champion from 2011 World Championships in Oslo, Norway, he saw no reason why he shouldn’t fight for it again.

But gold? That was unexpected.

“I can’t believe it because after the jumping part, I was quite disappointed and I knew I had to do an awesome race to come back,” Lamy Chappuis told reporters after edging Austria’s Mario Stecher, who started second, by 0.2 seconds for the win. “I knew I could do probably a podium if I had a great race, but first place I couldn’t believe it.”

In a photo finish for second, Stecher edged Germany’s Björn Kircheilsen, who skied the second-fastest time at the Lago di Tesero cross-country stadium to rise from 12th to third overall. Also for Germany, Eric Frenzel was fourth (+0.5) after starting sixth, 0.41 seconds behind Norway’s Haavard Klemetsen. First in the jump with a distance of 103.5 meters on the 106-meter normal hill, Klemetsen ended up fifth overall (+16.2).

“We didn’t know until a few meters before the finish line who was going to win,” Lamy Chappuis recalled. “I saw Eric Frenzel really strong, then he collapsed a little bit earlier. I could push as hard as I could and I saw behind me they weren’t coming back, but it was a really long sprint to the finish line. I felt like I never could make it to the end.”

Leading the Americans in 14th, Bryan Fletcher improved from a 19th-place finish in the jump. He started 1:41 after Klemetsen and finished 1:01.2 behind the winner. Billy Demong rose to 23rd (+1:31.6) from 47th after starting nearly three minutes back and skiing the third-fastest 10 k. Taylor Fletcher was 25th for the U.S. after ranking 45th in the jump and racing to the ninth-fastest time, and Todd Lodwick was 32nd after starting in 30th.

“For Bryan it was a good day,” U.S. head coach Dave Jarrett said. “He skied well. Jumping-wise, we know he’s way better and he could’ve been up there with the others, but it was a hard day on the jumping hill, really low speed, really windy. It’s encouraging for Bryan, Bill and Taylor to have pretty much a sub-par jumping performance and be kind of in there, but we still need to improve on the jumping side to be fighting for the podium.”

Results

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.

 

Lodwick Opens Sochi Grand Prix with Silver

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

U.S. Nordic Combined member Todd Lodwick posted a solid jump and even better race result at the first competition in the FIS  Summer Grand Prix, placing second Saturday in Sochi, Russia.

Lodwick finished 4.3 seconds behind winner Bernhard Gruber of Austria, who ranked first on the 140-meter large hill and had the fifth-fastest race split. Lodwick was ninth after jumping and skied the fastest 10 k in 19:11.8. Teammate Billy Demong had the second-fastest time (19:32.2) and ended up seventh after placing 17th in the jump.

Japan’s Akito Watabe was third overall after posting the second-best jump.

Other North American results:

14. Johnny Spillane (USA);  25. Wesley Savill (CAN)

Complete results

The Summer Grand Prix continues Sunday in Sochi with another large hill and 10 k Gundersen start.

Grand Prix schedule