David Pommer (left) of Austria and Bryan Fletcher after the men's combined Cross Country 10km event at the FIS World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway. (AFP/Getty-Terje Pedersen)
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 4, 2016) – The key to setting up a good nordic combined finish is a strong jump. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) got that jump Sunday in Lillehammer, soaring to 22nd on the HS138 meter hill then winding his way through the pack to finish ninth.
Germany’s Eric Frenzel and Bjoern Kircheisen finished 1-2. Joergen Graabak of Norway was third.
Fletcher flew 129 meters on his competition jump to stand 22nd. Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO) went 126 meters and was 27th.
“Today was definitely a better day for me," Fletcher said. “It's taken some work on my competition routine but today that work has paid off.”
In the cross country event, Fletcher moved up quickly in the 10k leg, finishing 1:22 out with the sixth fastest leg. Brother Taylor Fletcher ended up 26th, moving up from 48th in the jump by posting the fastest cross country time.
It was Bryan Fletcher’s best finish since finishing seventh in Seefeld, Austria last January.
“In the race I had another good ski,” Fletcher added. “It was a hard fight to the end and I am happy to finish this first block of competitions with a 9th place. I am now looking forward to Ramsau in two weeks.”
The tour now takes a break before resuming in two weeks at Ramsau, Austria.
QUOTES Bryan Fletcher Today was definitely a better day for me. It's taken some work on my competition routine but today that work has paid off.
In the race I had another good ski. It was a hard fight to the end and I am happy to finish this first block of competitions with a 9th place. I am now looking forward to Ramsau in two weeks.