Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. in Klingenthal, Germany, finishing 17th. He is shown above jumping in Chaux-Neuve, France in January. (Getty Images/AFP - Jeff Pachoud)
KLINGENTHAL, Germany (Feb. 18) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the USA Saturday in Klingenthal, Germany, posting 17th after jumping to 14th and skiing to make up a minute and 50 second deficit. Also breaking the top-20 was Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong(Vermontville, NY) in 19th. Japan's Akito Watabe took the top spot after the jump and was able to hold on to the lead to take the win.
Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) posted the top result for the USA Saturday in Klingenthal, Germany, finishing 17th after he jumped to 14th.
Teammate and Olympic gold medalist, Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY), rose one spot finishing 19th after jumping to 20th.
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO), who took a Continental Cup win on the same hill in late Jan., landed 31st after the jump and rose eight spots to finish 23rd.
Fletcher posted the fastest cross country time for the USA, skiing the 16th fastest race.
Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) jumped strong to 11th, but fell to finish 30th after battling to make up a minute and 33 second gap.
The action continues tomorrow with another individual Gundersen.
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach I thought we were going to be a bit better today, but we just didn't have it. We'll try again tomorrow.