Bryan Fletcher, shown here at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo, posted his career best result Sunday in Seefeld. (Getty Images/Bongarts/Christof Koepsel)
SEEFELD, Austria (Dec. 18) – The U.S. Ski Team's Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO), earned his career best FIS Nordic Combined World Cup result Sunday in Seefeld finishing seventh. Fletcher jumped to 24th and started a minute and 22 seconds back then posted the fifth fastest cross country time, landing him in the top 10. The seventh place finish caps off a successful weekend for Fletcher who joined his teammate Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) on Friday finishing sixth in the team sprint and 23rd Saturday after a blistering third fastest cross country time. France's Jason Lamy-Chappuis was the victor again, earning the top spot for all three World Cups this weekend.
HIGHLIGHTS • Career best result for Bryan Fletcher • Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) finished 22nd with the seventh fastest cross country time • Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO), was 28th, improving on yesterday's result • Billy Demong did not start the cross country race after finishing out of the top 50 in the provisional competition round jump • The World Cup takes a holiday break before resuming Jan. 7-8 in Schonach, Germany
QUOTES Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett Bryan skied right up there and caught the lead group on the fourth lap. In the middle of the fourth lap he skied off and was able to have the fifth fastest time. There was lots of traffic in last K, but Bryan was getting around people. He skied with Joergen Graabak, who ultimately finished third, so it proves he was right there for a podium, but seventh is still good. It's his career best individual result.
Johnny had another solid race with the seventh fastest cross country time. It seems like everyone is rounding out a bit. Now the guys come home for more training and then head back to competition in January. Overall it was a good weekend. We're still looking for those podiums, though.