Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs, Colorado loves to hunt and holds three world skiing titles in Nordic combined skiing. He won the silver medal in Nordic combined skiing in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, and is the only person to qualify six times for the US Winter Olympic team. Lodwick’s passion for the outdoors also includes hunting, and he is a member of Mossy Oak’s Pro Staff. OutdoorHub’s John Phillips will be profiling this exceptional athlete over the next several days in the lead-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Thirty-seven-year-old Todd Lodwick has participated in the World Cup since 1993 and took the silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He also won gold at the World Championships in 2009 for the 10 km mass start and the 10 km normal hill and bronze in 2013 Val di Flemme team normal hill. In addition, Lodwick took a gold medal at the 1996 Junior World Championships in Asiago, Italy, the first time the United States had taken a gold medal in the sport. Lodwick is known by several measures as the most successful North American Nordic combined skier in this sport, ever.
Lodwick retired in 2006 but returned to competition in 2008, setting his sights on making the team for the 2010 Olympics, which he did and has done again for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lodwick, along with teammates Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong, has helped grow the sport of Nordic combined skiing in the United States from relative obscurity to international prominence in a little under two decades.
“The 2013 season was probably the most challenging season I have ever had in regards to my performances mentally and physically,” Lodwick told me. “I struggled trying to grasp and master the new jumping suits—it took me a lot longer to get used to them and come to grips that I needed to change my technique. It was a roller-coaster year, and I’m glad it’s ended. The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of our sport, so coming off a year of some pretty highs and really lows, I’m just really looking forward to having consistency and using what I’ve learned about ski jumping. I’m up for the challenge.”
Like many young skiers, Lodwick toyed with both jumping and combined before deciding in the summer of 1991 to stick with combined (his older brother Kris was a combined skier). Lodwick was named to the national team in November 1992. Playing inside was never an option for Lodwick as a child growing up in Steamboat Springs. Today, he has a burning passion for the outdoors, whether it’s chasing wild game with a bow or playing golf with friends in Steamboat. “Outdoors is something I grew up in, and it’s a great tradition I want to continue with my two children, Charley and Finn.”
Check back tomorrow for more on Todd Lodwick and his hunting heritage.