Nordic

Combined Continental Cup Comes to Utah

by
USSA
2015-12-10 11:12
 

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 10, 2015) - American Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) will be among the favorites as athletes from a dozen countries compete in a three-day International Ski Federation Nordic Combined Continental Cup competition at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow this weekend. The international event is a vital competition for the USA in gaining World Cup quota spots.

The Americans are coming off a weekend of World Cup competition in Lillehammer where Bryan Fletcher was 11th on Saturday and Taylor Fletcher, with the fastest cross country time, finishing 13th on Sunday. The World Cup tour is on a one-week break, with most of the Americans coming home.

Austria is bringing a full team of top athletes including Lukas Greiderer, the defending Continental Cup champion. Other U.S. World Cup skiers in the event will include Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO), Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Michael Ward (Aspen, CO). Bryan Fletcher will sit out the weekend, while Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI) remained in Europe to train.

The USA will also start several others including Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, WI), Decker Dean (Steamboat Springs, CO), Somer Schrock (Cohasset, MN), Stephen Schumann (Salt Lake City), Jared Shumate (Park City, UT) and Koby Vargas (Steamboat Springs, CO).

The Utah Olympic Park jump has been open for nearly a month. Teams are also training on a 2k loop at Soldier Hollow.

“We are all psyched to host a home weekend here at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow,” said U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Dave Jarrett. “While the field size won’t be that large, it will have great quality including a host of World Cup athletes.

“We’re especially thankful to the Utah Olympic Park, Soldier Hollow and USA Nordic for providing these athletes with an opportunity for high level competition on this side of the Atlantic.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow will play host to three days of competition Dec. 11-13 in the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup tour.
  • Jumping will be held each morning at the Utah Olympic Park with trial round at 9:30 a.m. MT and competition round on the HS100 meter jump at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cross country competition is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. MT daily at Soldier Hollow.
  • The event is being produced by the Utah Olympic Park, Soldier Hollow and USA Nordic.

FIS NORDIC COMBINED CONTINENTAL CUP

Friday, Dec. 11 (all times MT)
9:30 a.m. – Ski jumping HS-100 trial round, Utah Olympic Park
10:30 a.m. – HS100 competition round, Utah Olympic Park
2:00 p.m. – 10k cross country, Soldier Hollow

Saturday, Dec. 12
9:30 a.m. – Ski jumping HS-100 trial round, Utah Olympic Park
10:30 a.m. – HS100 competition round, Utah Olympic Park
2:00 p.m. – 10k cross country, Soldier Hollow

Sunday, Dec. 13
9:30 a.m. – Ski jumping HS-100 trial round, Utah Olympic Park
10:30 a.m. – HS100 competition round, Utah Olympic Park
2:00 p.m. – 10k cross country, Soldier Hollow