The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that former US Nordic Combined Star Todd Lodwick is coming out of retirement. Lodwick last raced in 2006.
The Colorado native told The Pilot â€œIt’s not like I woke up one morning and decided to do this. I’m committed to the sport; I’m committed to this comeback and whatever it takes.â€
Lodwick ended his stellar career after the 2006 season. He put together a string of eight consecutive seasons ranked in the top ten on the overall World Cup (1998-2005), and 12 seasons ranked in the top 16. Three times – in 1998, 2000, and 2005 – he finished 4th overall. He raced in two Olympics – Salt Lake 2002 and Torino 2006, recording top ten finishes in all four of his starts, including a 5th in Salt Lake in the sprint competition.
Lodwick, 31, is focusing on the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he hopes to capture the medal that eluded him over his 13 year World Cup career. He will need to earn his way back onto the US National Team – he cannot be named to the squad until next spring, and is currently training with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and is being coached by Todd Wilson.
US Nordic COmbined Head Coach Dave Jarret has welcomed Lodwick back to the sport, saying “Todd is welcome to train with us. It’s really positive right now, and his return has been good for the whole team.â€
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Lodwick plans comeback
Sources: The Steamboat Pilot & Today, FIS