Todd Lodwick, American Nordic combined skier and Mossy Oak ProStaff member, was recently named Sportsman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

All of us at Mossy Oak would like to congratulate Todd on his historic achievement and wish him the best of luck in Vancouver in a few short weeks, said Ben Maki, Vice President of Marketing for Mossy Oak. Making one Olympic team is an amazing feat-making five is unprecedented. Todd certainly earned the USOC Sportsman of the Year award as well as the profound respect of everyone here at Mossy Oak. Well be watching Todd compete in this years Winter Olympics and encourage everyone to watch as well.

Lodwick heads into his fifth Olympic Games on the heels of a very successful 2009. The Nordic combined skier returned from a two-year retirement to win a pair of gold medals at the 2009 FIS World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, becoming only the second American to win a Nordic combined world title. His rise coincides with the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team, which is stronger than ever heading into Vancouver.

Its humbling to be recognized amongst my Olympic peers, said Lodwick. Im especially proud to receive this honor on behalf of my sport. So many people have supported us for so many years that its heartwarming to know that our sport and my accomplishments, and those of my teammates, are meaningful.

Lodwick is the first Nordic combined skier ever to win Sportsman of the Year and the first U.S. Ski Team athlete to win the award since Jonny Moseley in 1998. He is the first American skier to go to five Olympics and only the third American athlete to do so. The two previous recipients of the USOC Sportsman of the Year were Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong.