Lodwick wins sixth nomination to U.S. Olympic team
Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick earned an historic nomination to his sixth Olympic team Saturday with a victory at the 2014 Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park. Lodwick is the first American athlete to be nominated to a sixth Olympic team. No Winter Olympian from any nation has competed in more than six.
Lodwick took the lead with a jump of 95,5 metres (125 p.) and stayed in front throughout the entire 10k cross country race. Bill Demong claimed an intermediate second position with a jump of 91,5 metres (116 p.), Bryan Fletcher ranking third after 89 metres and 112 points. From the cross-country race, this meant a 36-second lead for Lodwick to Bill Demong who lost his second place in the race to Bryan Fletcher. Fletcher proved his strong cross-country shape by posting the second-fastest cross-country time, only being surpassed by his brother Taylor who improved an intermediate eighth rank after jumping to a final fourth rank.
Lodwick clinched the nomination and won $10,000 in the winner-take-all competition Saturday. "Winning today was definitely a monkey off the back in being able to say that I am in fact going to my sixth Olympic Games. It’s 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."