Taylor Fletcher (right), who had a third place World Cup podium last month, is one of the three veteran athletes named to the 2015 World Championship team. (Getty Images/Jiji Press)
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 5, 2015) – Steamboat Springs skiers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher headline a team of five nordic combined athletes named to compete in the Feb. 18-March 1 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) was named to his seventh World Championship Team.
The Fletcher brothers have emerged as the Team’s strongest athletes. “Both Bryan and Taylor have shown that with a good jump they are among the fastest guys in nordic combined and can compete for the podium,” said Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett.
In addition to the veterans, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) named two first-time team members, Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI).
The Championships open in Falun Feb. 18. The entire Championships schedule will be streamed live by the USSA at www.usskiteam.com and will be available on the Live Arena Falun2015 mobile app in America.
Five athletes were named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 18-Mar. 1 in Falun, Sweden.
Taylor Fletcher was on the World Cup podium last month, finishing third in Sapporo, Japan.
Brother Bryan Fletcher has had a strong and consistent season with six top-10 results.
Billy Demong, who made history with his 2010 Olympic gold, was named to his seventh World Championship Team.
Adam Loomis was named to his first Championship Team based on scoring his first World Cup points in January.
Ben Berend will make his debut, being selected based on strong Continental Cup results.
Each of the four nordic combined events will be streamed live on usskiteam.com.
2015 U.S. World Championship Nordic Combined Team (Name, hometown, birthdate, USSA club, past World Champs) Ben Berend, Steamboat Springs, CO, 6/29/95, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Billy Demong, Vermontville, NY, 3/29/80, Lake Placid Ski Club (1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO, 6/27/86, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) Taylor Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO, 5/11/90, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (2011, 2013) Adam Loomis, Eau Claire, WI, 3/19/92, Eau Claire Flying Eagles Ski Club
SCHEDULE FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Falun, Sweden Feb. 18 – Opening Ceremony Feb. 20 – Individual Gundersen start (HS100 meter jump/10k XC) Feb. 24 – Team Event (HS100 meter jump/4x5k XC) Feb. 26 – Individual Gundersen start (HS134 meter jump/10k XC) Feb. 28 – Team Sprint (HS134 meter jump/2x7.5k XC)
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Head Nordic Combined Coach We are looking forward to Falun. Both Bryan and Taylor have shown that with a good jump they are among the fastest guys in nordic combined and can compete for the podium. Adam Loomis has had a breakthrough season by scoring his first World Cup points but backing that result up with other top 30’s. Ben Berend is our young guy who we named because he is already pretty good on the jumping hill and will continue to improve not the cross country side.