Steamboat athletes take their place in Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Todd Lodwick set the standard for American Nordic combined skiers during his career, and Tom Southall broke barriers in football, basketball and track in high school. Last week, both men were inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
“It was definitely an honor and a privilege to, not only be inducted, but also to be a part of this class,” Lodwick said. “I am truly humbled by it in the biggest way. My career is over, but it was a nice evening to look back on all my accomplishments. It let me relive a little bit of those days as the night went on.”
Lodwick and Southall joined four other athletes at the induction ceremony, which took place April 3 at the Hilton Denver City Center.
“It was a very enjoyable evening to share it with my family, friends and high school buddies from Steamboat,” Southall said.
Lodwick was a member of U.S. Ski Team from 1992 to 2014 and set the bar for American Nordic combined skiers. He competed in 162 World Cup events, winning six times and earning 28 podiums. He represented the U.S. at seven World Championships and at six Olympic Games including Lillehammer in 1994, Nagano in 1998, Salt Lake City in 2002, Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.
He won gold medals at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Asiago, Italy; won two gold medals in the sprint and mass start events at the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic; and earned the silver medal in the team event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
“I like to think that I’m getting these honors from the results that I got over the years, and that is something I look back on and am very proud of,” said Lodwick, who was also inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in 2016. “It was my life for 22 years, and it’s the only thing that I really kind of knew. To look back at it that night and see the video and see the accomplishments and to see the standing ovation that happened for every inductee was very cool. It was an honor to be there.”
Southall, who graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1981, was one of Steamboat Springs High School’s best all-around athletes.
In his four years as a Sailor, Southall broke barriers and set records for rushing in football. He also led the basketball team in assists and steals on a regular basis and was named the Colorado High School’s Male Athlete of the Year for his efforts in the 1980 season by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. That same year, he won the prestigious Freddie Steinmark Award for his excellence as both a student and an athlete.
He did it all despite the fact that he didn’t have a right arm below the elbow.
“Athletics gave me an outlet to kind of disprove my handicap,” Southall said. “It was a chance to prove that I could do things just as well as somebody else in terms of playing football and basketball. In a lot of ways, high school athletics was my proving ground, and it allowed me to prove that I belonged — that I could contribute to the success of a school and a team.”
Southall took his successful outlook with him when he left high school. He went on to become a standout athlete at Colorado College where he played football and competed in track. After college, he became a high school teacher, earning state Teacher of the Year honors in 1996.
These days, Southall can be found in the classroom at Eaglecrest High School in Centennial where he teaches accounting and coaches track. He also spends his free time working with Special Olympics and Paralympic athletes. He accompanied the Paralympics team to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Southall, who is also a member of the Colorado High School Sports Activities Association Hall of Fame, the Colorado College Hall of Fame and the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame, said being named to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame was special. Southall was thrilled that his former basketball coach Kelly Meek and former football coach Mark Drake could be there for the ceremony.
Other Steamboat Springs athletes who have been inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame include Buddy Werner (1967), Gordon Wren (1972), Marvin Crawford (1979), Hank Kashiwa (2007) and Carol Bailey (2007).
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