Bryan Fletcher competes during the LH Individual Gundersen 10 km race at the Nordic Combined World Cup on February 26, 2012 in Liberec. He set a personal best with a fourth place finish. (Getty Images/AFP - Michal Cizek)
LIBEREC, Czech Republic (Feb. 26) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored a career best World Cup result Sunday, finishing fourth in an individual Gundersen in Liberec. At the midway mark, Fletcher stood in sixth with a 40 second deficit, and managed to ski strong to land one off the podium. Teammate Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) broke the top 10, finishing eighth, after jumping to 24th in variable weather conditions. Akito Watabe of Japan was on top today as the tour now moves to Lahti, Finland.
Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) landed his career best result, finishing fourth in an individual Gundersen in Liberec.
Fletcher's finish is the fourth top-10 World Cup result of his career.
Teammate Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) cracked the top-10 to finish eighth after jumping to 24th and skiing the fifth fastest race.
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) had a strong day, finishing 20th after starting a minute and 52 seconds back in 38th position and skiing the seventh fastest cross country race.
Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) finished 39th while Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) was 44th with Brett Denney (Steamboat Springs, CO) 47th.
The originally scheduled penalty race format for this weekend was canceled and replaced with an individual Gundersen due to poor weather conditions.
The FIS Nordic Combined World Cup now moves to Lahti, Finland for a team sprint and an individual Gundersen March 2-3.
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach Bryan is getting closer and closer to the podium. It will come. He did a good job today but wasn't quite as strong as Jason [Lamy-Chappuis] and Mario [Stecher]. Billy and Taylor also did a good job and we are psyched. Jumping conditions were a little up and down but they stayed focused and performed. We are on the right track.