Vonn, Lodwick earn 2009 USOC honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn and Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick are the U.S. Olympic Committee's sportswoman and sportsman of the year.
Steven Holcomb's four-man bobsled team was Team of the Year in the awards announced Friday.
Vonn won nine races en route to the 2008-09 World Cup championship. She is the first USOC sportswoman of the year from skiing since Picabo Street in 1998.
Lodwick, heading into his fifth Olympics this year, returned from a two-year retirement to win two gold medals at the 2009 World Championships. He's the first skier to win the award since Jonny Moseley in 1998.
"For sure it's a surprise," Lodwick said. "There's been a lot of success throughout the USOC and their athletes and to be put on a list with names like Michael Phelps is definitely a humbling honor, a huge honor, so it's awesome.
"I think it's a good representation of what we've been trying to do in our sport of Nordic combined here in the U.S."
Mono-skier Stephani Victor and sled hockey player Steve Cash were the paralympic sportswoman and sportsman of the year, while the team of the year was the U.S. national sled hockey team.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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