Team USA finally won their first ever medal in Men’s Nordic skiing as Johnny Spillane won silver today. The US also had finishers in fourth and sixth.
This was the smaller of the two events of the weekend, but the 10k race takes around 25 minutes to complete.
For much of the race, American Todd Lodwick was leading, but in the third of four laps he was caught and fell back to fourth.
In the final lap, Japanese Skier Kobayashi charged and took the lead, and Spillane caught his too early move.
Then, Spillane stretched his lead to 10 seconds, but on the two final downhill turns, the grouping of four was separated by 1.5 seconds.
Spillane sprinted as fast as he possibly could but Itallian Jason Lamy Chappuis stole the lead, and gold, within the last 20 meters. Spillane was in second by only .4 seconds but it was a great race overall.
Spillane after the race to NBC, “I was a little tired at the very end, but overall I’m very satisfied with the race.”
About finally breaking through, “It was great, we were very excited. We’ve worked hard for many years and for it all to be finally coming together for everybody at the right time is awesome.”
Both Spillane and Lodwick are from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which is nicely nicknamed “Ski Town USA” and lived up to the hype today.
It was the first time the US took home a medal in the event that has been with the Winter Olympics since its 1924 inception.