Taylor Fletcher, along with his brother Bryan, finished ninth in the nordic combined team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Friday. (Getty Images-Richard Heathcote)
LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 3, 2017) - Germany made it a clean sweep of all the gold, winning the nordic combined team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Friday. The USA, with Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO), was ninth.
The USA stood 12th after the jump with both Fletchers going 109.5 meters. France took the lead, taking a 16-second margin over Germany into cross country. The USA was two minutes, eight seconds back.
In the cross country, Norway came blazing from fourth to challenge Germany with the fastest cross country time, eventually with Norway’s Magnus Krog finishing just a second behind Johannes Rydzek from Germany who sealed his fourth gold.
The Fletchers also set a torrid pace, moving up from 12th to ninth with the second fastest cross country time.
The World Cup resumes next week with the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo, Norway.
QUOTES Bryan Fletcher Taylor did a good job stepping up in competition and it gave me motivation to step up as well. Unfortunately I wanted it a little too much and didn't have the jump I am capable of.
The races went well but we were just too far back. We had the second fastest time as a team overall which is solid and continually shows our strength on that side of the sport.