Todd Lodwick, a six-time Winter Olympian as a Nordic combined skier and Mossy Oak ProStaff member, earned one of the top honors of his storied career after being named the flag bearer for the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, Russia.
The Winter Olympic opening ceremonies will air about 7 p.m. Feb. 7 on NBC Sports.
Lodwick was chosen by a vote of team captains in each sport. Lodwick competes in Nordic combined skiing, which includes the ski jump and cross country skiing.
At age 37, he will become the first American athlete to participate in six Winter Games. Lodwick was part of the U.S. team that won silver in Vancouver four years ago. His first Olympic appearance was in 1994 at the age of 17.
Lodwick trains hard and has achieved the pinnacle of his sport by competing in the Olympics, but during his downtime he’s a huge bowhunter. He grew up in and trains in Colorado. He loves being outdoors and when he has the opportunity, Lodwick will pursue deer, elk or bear with his bow. That passion and his success helped him get hooked up with Mossy Oak.
“The outdoors is something I grew up in and it’s a great tradition,” Lodwick said. He’s hunted for more than two decades and shoots a PSE DNA compound. Having grown up in Colorado, and having a father who encouraged his hunting passion, has only fueled his pursuits outdoors.
How much fuel? Well, Lodwick says he’s killed 20 elk with his bow! That’s pretty strong.