PARK CITY, Utah – Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs, Colo., earned a 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, and Lodwick’s first Olympics were 20 years ago in Lillehammer, Norway.
“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,” said Lodwick.
Lodwick took the lead with his jump and stayed in front throughout the entire 10k cross-country race, clinching the nomination and winning $10,000 in the competition Saturday (Dec. 28). The remainder of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team for nordic combined will be selected from existing World Cup events, and the announcement of the full 2014 Olympic team nominations will be Jan. 22.
“Today everyone is out there for themselves but in the end I need these guys in Sochi to call my awesome team,” added Lowick. “I have no doubt that the top guys will go to Sochi and we will be an awesome team and have a strong showing. For me today to put the emotional side away and compete at my best, especially in front of everybody, is very humbling. I can’t thank everybody that came enough. Unbelievable.”
Watch Lodwick in the Olympic team trials:
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