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Lodwick wins despite weather

American hops back on top after two-year hiatus

By Adia Waldburger

On a weekend when weather made it bad to be a ski jumper, at least it was really good to be an American at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic Combined Continental Cup season-opener.

With a weekend full of wild weather, the American Continental Cup ski-jumping team managed to make the best of a bad situation, with Todd Lodwick winning the competition on both days, despite canceled and delayed events.

Parkite Brett Camerota also had a successful weekend, taking second on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, after blizzard-like conditions cancelled Saturday morning's ski jumping competition at the Utah Olympic Park, the men were forced to count provisional ski jumps taken during team training. However, an afternoon cross-country race was still held, with the snow subsiding just long enough for the men to compete on the 1.3K Soldier Hollow course. Lodwick went out fourth, 18 seconds behind Robert Hauser of Austria, who had the best jump. Lodwick had the lead at the end of the first 1.3K lap and controlled the pace the rest of the way, allowing Camerota and Taylor to make their way to the front. Camerota moved up to second from his start in ninth, with Taylor making the big jump from 18th to third.

Lodwick easily claimed the victory, followed by Brett Camerota and U.S. Ski teamer Bryan Fletcher. Defending series champion Marco Pichlmayer of Austria was fourth.

On Sunday, the snow had subsided, but wind forced FIS officials to restart the competition after 14 competitors had already jumped. This time, Lodwick's jump came up a bit short at only 87 meters and put him behind Austrians Pichlmayer and Dominik Dier in the cross-country event by a minute and 30 seconds, respectively. Luckily, the Americans are known for dominance in the cross-country portion of the event and Lodwick had made up the difference by his second trip around the course. Camerota and teammates Fletcher and Alex Miller battled it out with Pichlmayer behind him. Pichlmayer took third, Fletcher was fifth and Miller was sixth.
"Four in the top six: not a bad day," said U.S. Ski Team head coach Dave Jarrett. "Alex Miller had a great race today. He's been a strong jumper and we've been working on his cross country. This should give him a lot of confidence."

"Today was a cross-country race for me," Lodwick said in the finish. "Yesterday was a warm-up .Today I had to earn it."

Lodwick, a highly-successful four-time Winter Olympian, returned to the sport this year after taking two years off to focus on his family. But he looks poised to storm his way back into the Nordic combined picture. He seemed pleased with the weekend's results and was even happier to be competing in the U.S. with his family, including children Charley and Finn, on hand to watch him.

"This is my first international competition back. Park City is great," Lodwick said. "It's the home of the Ski Team and the support is here. I know the place and it's kind of like a second home. The family is here and that's a good thing."

Camerota, whose twin, Eric, is a Nordic combiner on the World Cup tour, said that despite the crazy conditions of the weekend, he and the other Americans did their best to stay focused and jump well despite the all the changes.

"You have to stay focused and not let it get to you," said Camerota. "For sure, Todd, Fletcher and I have been jumping well this week and we're skiing fast. It's a great start for all."

"That's a jumping competition," said Lodwick after Sunday's jumping portion. "Everyone has to be prepared for their best."

The men will spend the week in Canada competing at the 2010 Olympic venue in Whistler, B.C.

ParkRecord.com, 12/16/2008

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