Johnny Spillane

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Johnny Spillane Nordic combination
Johnny Spillane at the 2004 Grand Prix in Steinbach-Hallenberg

Johnny Spillane at the 2004 Grand Prix in Steinbach-Hallenberg

Full name John Spillane
nation United StatesUnited States United States
birthday November 24, 1980
place of birth Steamboat SpringsUSAUnited StatesUnited States 
discipline Nordic combination
society Steamboat Springs WSC
National squad since 1999
status resigned
End of career 2013
Medal table
Olympic medals 0 × gold 3 × silver 0 × bronze
World Cup medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
JWM medals 1 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings winter Olympics
silver 2010 Vancouver NH 10 km
silver 2010 Vancouver LH 10 km
silver 2010 Vancouver 4 × 5 km team
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
gold 2003 Val di Fiemme sprint
FIS Nordic Junior Ski World Championships
gold 1999 Saalfelden team
silver 2000 Štrbské Pleso team
Placements in the World Cup
 Debut in the World Cup December 2, 2000
 World Cup victories (individual) 1 ( details )
 Overall World Cup 7th ( 2002/03 )
 Sprint World Cup 8. ( 2006/07 )
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 singles 1 1 1
 sprint 0 1 2

John "Johnny" Spillane (born November 24, 1980 in Steamboat Springs ) is a former American Nordic combined skier, who also competed several times in lower-class ski jumping competitions.


Nordic combination

Spillane began skiing at Steamboat Springs Winter Sport Club in 1990 . A little later he started in national competitions. In 1995 he was accepted into the B national team and started in the 1995/96 season for the first time in the B World Cup of Nordic Combined. At the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in 1999 he won the gold medal in the team competition together with Carl Van Loan , Jed Hinkley and Bill Demong . He then made the jump into the national team and two weeks later traveled as a team member to the 1999 Nordic World Ski Championships in Ramsau am Dachstein . With 32nd place in the individual and 37th in the sprint, he remained unsuccessful in the individual disciplines. Even with the team, he did not get above rank 10.

At the end of the 1998/99 season Spillane managed a victory and a third place in the B World Cup in Klingenthal . At the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in 2000 in Štrbské Pleso , he won silver with the team. On December 2nd, 2000 Spillane made his debut in the Nordic Combined World Cup in Kuopio . One day later he achieved 22nd place in the mass start for the first time in the World Cup points. A few days later, he won again in the B World Cup in Salt Lake City . Back in the World Cup, he again won World Cup points in Reit im Winkl .

At the Nordic World Ski Championships 2001 in Lahti , he again missed a top placement. At the end of the season he narrowly missed his first top 10 placement in 12th at the World Cup in Oslo . At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City , he narrowly missed a medal with the team in the team competition, finishing fourth. He reached 32nd place in each of the two individual disciplines.

At the 2002 Summer Grand Prix , Spillane achieved two top 10 placements in an A-class race for the first time in Winterberg and Berchtesgaden . He started the 2002/03 season successfully with a 10th place in Kuusamo . Surprisingly, Spillane was able to achieve three podium places a little later in Trondheim , including two third and one second place. In Harrachov , he narrowly missed another podium finish in fourth.

At the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2003 in Val di Fiemme , he managed to win the gold medal in the sprint and thus his first individual world championship title. It remained the only world championship medal he could win over the course of his career. With the team he missed another medal in fifth. In the World Cup, he continued to achieve good placings, so that he finally ended his most successful season in seventh place overall.

As a result, it was difficult for him to build on this success. Spillane reached the top 10 a few times, but could not place himself there firmly. Sometimes he even missed the points. At the 2004 Summer Grand Prix , after winning in Oberstdorf, he ended up third in the overall ranking.

Also at the Nordic World Ski Championships 2005 in Oberstdorf Spillane remained without top results and medals. He also started the 2005/06 season with just one point win in Oberhof . Despite the lack of success, he started again at the 2006 Winter Olympics . With rank 10 in the sprint, he once again proved his old strength. With the team and also in the Gundersen singles, he clearly missed the top ranks.

In the 2006/07 season Spillane started again with a top 10 rank in Lillehammer . However, it took until November 2007 in Kuusamo, where Spillane was able to celebrate a podium again in the sprint as second after years. After it was his only podium of the season, but Spillane continued to celebrate good points, he finished the season in 19th place again in the top 20 of the overall standings. Spillane once again showed a strong performance in the 2009/10 season . On January 3, 2010, he achieved his first and only World Cup success with victory in Oberhof.

Johnny Spillane in Vancouver 2010

At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver , the American won the silver medal in the Gundersen normal hill. It was also the first US Olympic medal in Nordic combined in the history of the Olympic Games. A few days later Spillane won the silver medal in the team competition together with Brett Camerota , Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong and two days later he won his third silver medal in the individual competition on the large hill over 10 km. A little later, he finished the World Cup season in ninth place in the overall standings.

After jumping and running past the top ranks, Spillane finally ended his active career after an unsuccessful start at the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2013 in Val di Fiemme.

Ski jumping

In ski jumping he competed in four Continental Cup competitions. On September 28, 2002, he was able to reach fifth place in Park City . The next day he was even able to take second place. In the next year he started again in the show jumping in Park City, but missed the second round with places 36 and 33 in both competitions. In 2004 he entered Park City again, but here at two FIS competitions, where he finished third and fourth. Only jumpers from the USA and Canada competed in the two FIS competitions.

Spillane won the US ski jumping championship in Steamboat Springs in 2003 and in Salt Lake City in 2008.

After the sport

In 2013, Spillane bought a shop for fly fishermen from Tim Kirkpatrick in his home town of Steamboat Springs .


World Cup victories

No. date place discipline
1. January 3, 2010 GermanyGermany Oberhof Gundersen

World Cup Statistics

The table shows the placements achieved in detail.

  • 1st – 3rd place: Number of podium placements
  • Top 10: Number of places in the top ten
  • Points ranks: Number of placements within the point ranks
  • Starts: Number of races run in the respective discipline
placement Single a sprint Mass start team total
sprint Season
1st place 1 1
2nd place 1 1 2
3rd place 1 2 3
Top 10 23 14th 1 1 8th 47
Scoring 62 38 9 2 10 121
Starts 89 53 14th 2 11 169
Status: end of career
a including individual races and Gundersen individual starts

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Katie Thomas: US Wins Its First Medal in Nordic Combined ( English ) New York Times . February 14, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. Johnny Spillane Retires ( English ) US Ski Team. April 23, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. United States National Ski Jumping Champions 1904-1980 ( English ) SkijumpEast. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved February 27, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Olympian Johnny Spillane purchases downtown Steamboat fly-fishing shop ( English ) Steamboat Today. December 17, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. Olympic skier Johnny Spillane buys fishing shop in Steamboat Springs ( English ) The Denver Post. December 18, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.