The Olympian: Todd Lodwick
In 2006, after 18 years of professional skiingincluding competing in four Olympics and grabbing six World Cup wins in various nordic and ski-jumping eventsTodd Lodwick had had enough. The third-generation Steamboat local retired and spent the next two years working as a real-estate agent, bow-hunting in the five wilderness areas within an hour of town, and refurbishing his home. But once Lodwick had redone everything but the studs, he got restless. "I wanted an Olympic medal," says the 32-year old. So he started training, cross-country skiing and road-biking on the hundreds of miles of road and trails out his front door. It worked. Last winter, Lodwick won two golds at the nordic skiing world championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. His new goal? To win an Olympic medal in Vancouver in nordic combined (cross-country skiing and ski jumping), something no American has ever done.
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