American, 19, Wins Nordic Combined

From Associated Press

Teen-ager Todd Lodwick became an even bigger hometown hero Wednesday by winning the season-opening World Cup Nordic combined event at Steamboat Springs, Colo., the first victory by an American skier in 12 years.

Lodwick, 19, finished 60.6 seconds ahead of Baard Joergen Elden, a Norwegian who coached the U.S. skiers in cross-country technique during the off-season. His victory was the first by an American since December 1983, when Kerry Lynch tied East Germany's Uwe Dotzauer for first in the first official Nordic combined World Cup event at Seefeld, Austria.

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