Tenacity defines Bryan Fletcher; not only is he a three-time World Championship competitor, but he's a cancer survivor as well. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
France led wire-to-wire to take a repeat gold over Germany, with the USA in ninth.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher led the USA as it finished seventh in the nordic combined team event at World Championships.
The first of four nordic combined events kicks off Friday at the Falun 2015 Nordic World Championships.
Five athletes have been named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 18-Mar. 1 in Falun, Sweden.
Bryan Fletcher soared to his best jump of the year and contended for the win before taking ninth in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sapporo.
Germany's Eric Frenzel remained invicible in Seefeld, skiing to a second straight win in the Seefeld Triple. Bryan Fletcher skied up from 25th in the jump to finish 11th, with the fourth fastest cross country time. Billy Demong was 21st.
Billy Demong led the USA finishing 28th in the opening stage of the Seefeld Triple mini-tour.
Taylor Fletcher skied to fifth with brother Bryan eighth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Sunday in Chaux-Neuve.
Adam Loomis skied to a career best 21st in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve, with teammate Bryan Fletcher one spot ahead in 20th.
Bryan Fletcher skied to a top 10 finishing ninth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach.
On the wings of improved jumping, the USA bumped up from eighth to fifth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team event Saturday in Ramsau. Action contnues Sunday with an individual event before the tour takes a holiday break.
Taylor and Bryan Fletcher combined to move up from 18th after the jump to finish 13th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team sprint in Ruka, Finland.
Bryan Fletcher moved up from 32nd after the jump to finish 17th in the opening FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Ruka, Finland.
Bryan Fletcher took a commanding one minute, 34 second lead after the jump then held off brother Taylor to take his first U.S. Nordic Combined Championship title.
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Bryan Fletcher has one of the more inspiring stories in skiing. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age three, Fletcher underwent chemotherapy for seven years, surviving a stroke before going into remission. The dust had barely settled before Fletcher went on a competitive tear, eventually vaulting into the world’s elite nordic combined athletes.
The 2013 season proved to be a good one for Fletcher, who helped capture the USA’s first full-team nordic combined World Ski Championships medal in Val di Fiemme, Italy. In addition to his team bronze, his four top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit were good enough for 21st in the FIS World Cup standings, the second highest finish for the U.S. behind brother Taylor.
His success in 2013 is all in preparation for an Olympic bid in 2014, and with a resume like Fletcher’s—team bronze at World Champs and four World Cup top-10 finishes in 2013—he looks to be on track for more impressive results.
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