COC: Lodwick scores home win in Park City

15 December 2012 10:27
COC podium 14.12
COC podium 14.12 -
FIS

US-American veteran Todd Lodwick won the Continental Cup competition in Soldier Hollow/ Utah Olympic Park. He crossed the finish line 14 seconds ahead teammate Michael Ward who achieved a career best with his second place. France's Wilfied Cailleau came in third, 15.4 seconds behind the winner.

After the ski jumping part, Lodwick had only been on 13th with a jump of 89,5 (113 p.) but quickly caught up with Wilfried Cailleau who had held an 58-second-advantage over Lodwick. Italy's Lukas Runggaldier stormed around the cross-country track and set the fastest cross-country time with 22:35.9 and improved a 38th rank after jumping  to a fourth rank in the end result.

Winner Lodwick, who is actually taking a break from the World Cup after a difficult start into the season, felt he was back on track with this result: "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.

His young teammate Michael Ward was overjoyed with his career best: "It was awesome. It was my best international competition ever. Being able to ski with Todd was an honor. He pushed me to my limit. I'm just so fortunate to have such a great team, great teammates, to push me to be the best. It meant a lot to me to get a podium here in the U.S."

You can find the full result here.

 

The schedule for the upcoming two days is the following (local time):

Saturday, Dec. 15
9:30 a.m. – Trial jump (HS100 meters), Utah Olympic Park
10:30 a.m. – Competition jump (HS100 meters), Utah Olympic Park
2:00 p.m. – 10k Gundersen start cross country, Soldier Hollow

Sunday, Dec. 16
9:30 a.m. – Trial jump (HS100 meters), Utah Olympic Park
10:30 a.m. – Competition jump (HS100 meters), Utah Olympic Park
2:00 p.m. – 10k Gundersen start cross country, Soldier Hollow