Sochi will be the sixth Winter Games for American Nordic Combined skier Todd Lodwick, a record for U.S. Olympians. At 37 years old, Lodwick has been representing his country for the better part of his life, which means that, unlike most of his competitors, he doesn't see the games as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For him, the international competition is more like a regularly scheduled appointment. We asked him about what he learned in each of his Winter Games and why he's still excited two decades after his first Olympic appearance.
Back from his two-year retirement, Lodwick's return at the Vancouver Game culminated in the greatest achievement of his Olympic career: winning a silver medal as part of the men's team. He describes the feeling of finally having a medal hung around his neck.
"I'm a competitive person that strives for things," he says. "As a little kid in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, I can distinctly remember writing down my goals in crayon, saying that I wanted to be the best in the world. The overall feeling of putting your mind to something, no matter what it is, and giving it 100 percent and truly believing in it; that makes anything possible."
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