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Lodwick Wins Nordic Combined

March 13, 1998

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs, Colo., won a Nordic combined 7.5-kilometer sprint on Friday in the prestigious Holmenkollen Ski Festival after an exciting photo finish.

Lodwick, 21, wasn’t sure of his third career victory until 15 minutes after the cross country competition. He placed fourth in the ski jump competition with a 117.5-meter jump.

``This was a important win, because Holmenkollen is one of the most prestigious places to compete. This was a difficult competition for me to win,″ he said.

Sixth after the ski jump competition with a 116.5-meter jump, Sylvian Guillaume of France came in a few inches behind Lodwick.

Austrian Mario Stecher placed third in the sprint, three-tenths of a second behind Lodwick. He was also third in the ski jump with 119 meters.

Stecher moved 13 points behind Norway’s World Cup leader Bjarte Engen Vik in the overall standings with 1,315 points. Lodwick was fourth overall with 783 points, 35 back of third-place Felix Gottwald of Austria.

Vik had the longest jump in the competition, 127.5 meters, but fell and placed 24th in the ski jump and 18th in the cross country competition.

Lodwick had previously won Nordic combined competitions at Steamboat Springs in 1995 and, just after Christmas this season, at Schonach, Germany. Coincidentally, Guillaume was also second behind Lodwick at Schonach.

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