COC: Lodwick scores second win in Soldier Hollow
Olympic medalist and world champion Todd Lodwick (USA) took a win for the second day in a row at the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow. Italy's Lukas Runggaldier came from 11th to claim second on the podium and ski jumping winner Daito Takahashi from Japan managed to hold onto a third place.
Lodwick sat in sixth going into the cross country event after a 95m jump. Japan's Daito Takahashi started the cross country event in first after a massive 100.5m ride which gave him a 34-second head start before Evgeniy Klimov from Russia. Austria's Sepp Schneider followed 36 seconds behind the leader.
In the cross-country race, the fastest time on the track went to USA's Brett Denney who managed to improve a 55th rank after jumping to a 23rd place in the final result. Lodwick showed another brilliant performance on the track: "Today, I was a little bit more satisfied with my jumping. I was a little afraid of Lukas Runggaldier because I know he was fast yesterday, so I went out and really just paced myself."
Said Runggaldier was actually not feeling quite so confident: "Today, the race rate was hard. I felt the race from yesterday in my legs and I was very sick, but finally, I'm very happy with the result of the second race. The track was perfect for this weather."
Daito Takahasi agreed on still feeling yesterday's race: "Yesterday was so hard. Today, I just kept my speed up and tried to keep my distance."
Todd Lodwick is now looking forward to returning to the World Cup and obviously very satisfied with his results so far: "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."
The three-day event wraps up Sunday at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow.