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Lodwick Wins Ski Jumping Title

March 23, 1998

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Todd Lodwick, who 48 hours earlier won his third national nordic combined championship in front of his family and hometown fans, completed a unique weekend parlay Sunday by also taking the large hill ski-jumping title.

Lodwick, 21, one of the best jumpers on the nordic combined World Cup tour, took the first-round lead and won with 224.5 points for his second U.S. large hill crown. He won two World Cup meets, and was fourth in the final nordic combined standings for the season, before winning the combined title Friday at the U.S. championships.

Lodwick, the 1994 large hill champion, went 111 meters on his first jump and 108 on his second jump. Randy Weber, another two-time Olympian from Steamboat Springs, and the normal hill champion Friday night, was second with 222 points on jumps of 108.5 and 108 meters.

Casey Colby of Lake Placid, N.Y., had the longest jump of the day, going 112 meters in the first round. But judges penalized him for not being as stylish as Lodwick. He finished third with 217.5 points.

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