Utahn Brett Camerota helps U.S. to historic medal

The following is an excerpt from an article posted at DeseretNews.com:

Brett Camerota stood at the top of the ski jump at Whistler Olympic Park understanding all too well what his effort meant to his teammates.

The Park City native has seen how hard veterans Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong work. He knows how much heartbreak and disappointment they’ve endured. And he knows just what earning the first nordic combined team medal would mean to the men who pioneered the sport he loves in the U.S.

“Yeah, there is always pressure for sure being the fourth guy with these three,” he said with a bit of a smile after the U.S. team finished 5.2 seconds behind Austria to earn a silver medal — the first team medal for the U.S. in nordic combined, in which ski jumps determine the start time for the 4 X 5-kilometer relay race. “Definitely, a ton of pressure, especially for the jumping. … I wouldn’t want to take that jump again, too much pressure. I’m glad it went well.”

Camerota had the longest jump of the U.S. team, and he skied the first leg of the relay race, just two-tenths of a second behind Finland and .34 seconds ahead of Austria. Germany came from .45 seconds back to finish in third.

“I have to give Brett credit,” said Lodwick, who’s been to five Olympic Games and came out of a two-year retirement to try and earn the country’s first nordic combined medal. “Bill, Johnny and I have been there year in and year out. It’s kind of been, ‘Who will be that pivotal person who’s going to step up and have an extraordinary event?’ ”

As it turned out, it would be 25-year-old Camerota, who said he’d been working on his ski jumping in order to give the team an advantage in the cross-country race.

“To watch Brett go 133 and a half meters, I was beside myself,” said Lodwick. “I was so pumped. I was so psyched. And then to have him have the (guts) enough to go out in the first leg of the race and leave Finland behind, that’s an extraordinary effort. The three of us, we have to thank him for stepping up to the plate because he is that, in my mind, the pivotal person within these four people.”

Camerota began ski jumping shortly after he moved to Park City at the age of 6. He skied both alpine and cross-country but found himself trying to jump off of anything and everything he found in his way.

His twin brother, Eric, also trains with the team and was in the crowd cheering the team to victory.

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One Response to Utahn Brett Camerota helps U.S. to historic medal

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