In just his second season, Michael Ward represents the new wave of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team. (Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)
A veteran team featuring three World Champions will represent the USA in nordic combined in the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Todd Lodwick and Michael Ward go 1-2 in the Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow.
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Michael Ward was bred to be a competitor. The son of an Olympian, Ward grew up in the Rocky Mountains and spent four years with the Steamboat Springs Sports Club. It should come as no surprise that Ward burst onto the scene in 2012 and earned an invite to the U.S. Nordic Combined Team.
He scored points in five Continental Cups and finished ninth at Junior World Championships in 2012. Ward followed up his inaugural season with his first-ever podium at a Continental Cup, finishing second at the Park City/Soldier Hollow event in late 2012.
Ward is part of a rising contingent of nordic combined athletes looking to duplicate the success of the historic team that stormed Vancouver in 2010. Along with Adam Loomis and Erik Lynch, Ward represents the future of nordic combined in the U.S.—a future that wants to start making waves in 2014 in Sochi.
For me, the season was not what I expected or wanted. I have already put the year behind me and am looking forward to training even harder for next year. I have to say that even with the struggles, I am still so proud to be representing Aspen as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. I am thankful for the support of my coaches, the National Nordic Foundation, and friends and family back home. Next year the Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia, and one of my goals is to make that Olympic team. With that in mind, I plan to train harder and smarter than ever for the next nine months.
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