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Lahti NC: Lodwick 6th in sprint won by Kircheisen

Lahti NC: Lodwick 6th in sprint won by Kircheisen{mosimage}LAHTI, Finland – Four-time Olympian Todd Lodwick moved up 11 places to finish sixth Sunday in a 7.5-kilometer nordic combined World Cup sprint at the Lahti Ski Games.

Germany’s Bjorn Kircheisen had the third-fastest time during the 7.5 km race after one round of large-hill (HS130) ski jumping to win by 14.3 seconds over Petter Tande of Norway with Georg Hettich of Germany, the Olympic individual event gold medalist, third.

Lodwick, who plans to retire later this month after 13 years on the U.S. Ski Team, was 17th in jumping as he continued to adjust to new equipment following a break-in and equipment disappearance from the U.S. team’s cabin at the end of the Olympics in Italy. He produced the fourth-fastest 7.5 km race to finish 36.6 seconds behind Kircheisen.

Bill Demong was 36th in jumping but, with the ninth-fastest time, he advanced to 21st overall while Johnny Spillane, who faces surgery this spring to reconstruct his right shoulder, moved up six spots to finish 23rd.

The next World Cup stop is the traditional March visit to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival next weekend in Oslo before the schedule concludes March 18-19 in Sapporo, Japan, which will host the 2007 World Nordic Ski Championships.

Warsteriner nordic combined World Cup
Lahti Ski Games
Lahti, Finland – March 5, 2006
Sprint (LH/7.5 km)

1. Bjorn Kricheisen, Germany, (9/3)
2. Peter Tande, Norway, (1/20) 14.3 seconds back
3. Georg Hettich, Germany, (4/13) 17.1
4. Jason Lamy Chapuis, France, (2/19) 20.8
5. Magnus Moan, Norway, (11/6) 28.3
6. Todd Lodwick, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (17/4) 36.6
21. Bill Demong, Vermontville, N.Y., (36/9) 1:45.5
23. Johnny Spillane, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (29/14) 1:47.6

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