U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Skier Todd Lodwick Taps Former U.S. Ski Team Coach Tom Steitz as Personal Coach and Advisor

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Steitz sets aside corporate coaching commitments to join protégé in Turin with sights to capture an Olympic medal.

On the heels of winning two more U.S. championships over the weekend, four-time Olympian and six-time World Cup winner Todd Lodwick announced he has enlisted his former U.S. Nordic Combined Head Coach Tom Steitz, a longtime confidant and friend apart from skiing, to serve as his advisor and personal performance coach through the Olympic events in Turin.

Steitz was on hand during the U.S. Championships in Steamboat Springs over the weekend during which Lodwick seized the 127-meter large hill jumping gold medal and the nordic combined title Saturday.

Steitz, who is credited with putting U.S. Nordic Combined program on the worldwide skiing map, retired from the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff in 2002 after 14 years as head coach of the nordic combined team. He has since applied his highly regarded coaching and team-building skills to the corporate management arena as a partner in Woodstone Consulting. Based in Steamboat Springs, Woodstone Consulting provides lecture and hands-on performance management development, team building and executive coaching services for Fortune 500 companies.

"This is a critical time in my skiing career and I am both excited and relieved to have Tom join me on the road to the Olympics,” said Lodwick, 29, only the second American four-time Olympic combined skier, who has already announced this will be his last Olympics. “Tom and I have been in the trenches together, sharing victories and defeats and I trust him as a friend and coach to help me prepare and stay grounded during the competition.”

“I’m extremely proud of Todd and have been fortunate to help him grow as an athlete and watch him develop as a man over the years we’ve worked together,” said Steitz. “I’m honored to join him and help him prepare for his individual competitions while he also contributes to the U.S. team as a veteran and mentor. Todd and the team look great and I believe this will be their year.”

Lodwick and Steitz first met in 1990, when Todd was only 13, while Tom was coaching the Winter Sports Club in Steamboat Springs. Todd, a native of Steamboat Springs, became one of the many elite athletes who came from - or traveled to - Steamboat Springs to train with Tom and join the team, which included eventual two-time Olympian Dave Jarrett - now a U.S. coach - and three-time Olympian Tim Tetreault. In 1995, Lodwick captured his first World Cup victory in his hometown and, to date, has accumulated 22 World Cup top-3 results. Following his performance at the U.S. Nordic Combined championships this weekend, Lodwick now has 17 U.S. championships, a record nine in nordic combined, which blends ski jumping and cross-country skiing, and a record eight in ski jumping.

In the 2002 Winter Olympics, Lodwick and the U.S. Nordic Combined team, under Steitz’s coaching lead, set American records - he was fifth in the Olympic sprint, seventh in the individual (15K) event, both U.S. highs - but did not leave Salt Lake City with any Olympic medals. They hope Italy in 2006 will be different.


Dawn Lyon


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