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U.S. Nordic combined team struggles in Norway

Luke Graham

Todd Lodwick

— Steamboat Springs' Todd Lodwick paced the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Saturday in Norway.

Lodwick, after jumping 40th, finished 24th overall.

Taylor Fletcher was 30th, Bryan Fletcher was 38th and Billy Demong was 43rd. Johnny Spillane sat out with a back injury.

All the Americans struggled in the jumping portion of the event. Taylor Fletcher, however, had the fastest cross-country race.

"The jumping was OK for Bryan and Todd, but we know they are capable of more — no question," coach Dave Jarrett said in a U.S. Ski Team news release. "We’re all very happy with Todd’s cross-country race. It will help him to know he is fit which in turn will help on the hill. The good news is Taylor actually jumped pretty well (Friday), and (Saturday) wasn’t his average. Taylor knows he is one of the fastest guys (in cross-country) and today he proved it."

Norway's Magnus Moan was first, followed by France's Jason Lamy-Chappuis and Austria's Bernhard Gruber.

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Action resumes Sunday on the large hill with a penalty race. The jump leader gets a 10-second head start, while the remaining skiers must ski short penalty laps based on how far they are back after the jump.

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