|HOMETOWN||Steamboat Springs, CO|
|TEAM||U.S. Nordic Compbined Ski Team (World Cup)|
|CLUB||Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club|
|ABOUT||Johnny Spillane was born and raised in Steamboat Springs, CO where he started skiing at the age of two and began jumping by age 11. It’s no surprise that he developed an interest in skiing at an early age, living just a few blocks from Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill. Growing up Spillane did not have to look far for a role model – US Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett, who at the time was competing, was a neighbour of the Spillanes. Steamboat Springs is also the home of many Olympians in all ski disciplines, providing Spillane with the venues, the environment and the inspiration to excel.
Spillane went on to be part of a Junior World Championships gold-medal team and became the first American skier to win gold at the Nordic World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy in 2003. In 2002 at the Salt Lake City Games he was part of the 5th place US Nordic Combined 4x5km relay team, and at the 2006 Torino Games, he had his career best individual Olympic result with a 10th place finish in the Ncombined 7.5km sprint event.
Spillane marked the history books for his sport again in 2010, becoming the first American to earn a Nordic combined silver medal at the Olympics in the Normal Hill/10km event. He went on to collect three total silvers at the 2010 Games thanks to his performances in the large, normal and team events.
Outside of skiing Spillane can be found reading and cooking, apparently he is the best cook on the team. When Spillane gets a chance he enjoys spending his time fly-fishing, and during the summer months he works part-time as a fly- fishing guide, something that he would like to extend after his Nordic Combined career.