Norway’s Apeland Wins World Cup Combined Competition
SEEFELD, Austria (AP) _ Norway’s Knut Tore Apeland, the World Cup leader, overtook Sylvain Guillaume of France in the final kilometer Sunday to win the World Cup nordic combined competition by 10.2 seconds.
Teen-ager Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs, Colo., crowned the world junior combined champion Thursday in Asiago, Italy, marked his return to the World Cup tour by finishing second in the 90-meter jumping and third overall.
Lodwick was 1.3 seconds behind Guillaume in the final sprint to the finish line during the 15-kilometer ski race.
Koji Takazawa of Japan led the jumping phase of the two-event competition but dropped out of the 15-kilometer race. Lodwick led the race until about the 10-kilometer mark when Guillaume caught him and they skied together for a while before he pulled ahead slightly.
Lodwick, who won the season-opening World Cup meet during the Sprint Ski Town USA Tournee Dec. 6 in Steamboat Springs, fell when he became entangled on an uphill with another skier. He got back on his feet and closed on Guillaume but didn’t have enough energy to catch him at the end.
``I just ran out of gas. Just one or two strides more,″ he said, ``but I didn’t have it. Still, the gold medal from the World Junior Championships and now this really gives me confidence for the last half of the season.″
Olympian Dave Jarrett, also of Steamboat Springs, was returning home after apparently tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during jump training. He left Seefeld after the race Sunday and was expected to undergo a medical examination Tuesday.