Johnny Spillane, shown here at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo, posted his season best result Saturday in Seefeld. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Philippe Montigny)
SEEFELD, Austria (Dec. 17) – Olympic silver medalist, Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO), posted his season best result Saturday in Seefeld as he skied to 20th in the normal hill individual Gundersen event. An unfortunate tangle in the last stretch caused Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) valuable seconds, ultimately finishing 23rd after a superhuman cross country effort, skiing the third fastest race. Overall, it was France's Jason Lamy-Chappuis to take the second win in two days.
HIGHLIGHTS • Season best result for Spillane • Third fastest cross country race time for Fletcher • Fletcher started 2:24 seconds back to make up 17 spots finishing 1:02 behind Lamy-Chappuis • An unfortunate tangle with Norway's Magnus Moan in the final stretch cost Fletcher a fall and a few spots back • Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO), was 39th • Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) did not start the cross country race after finishing out of the top 50 in the jump • Action continues Sun. with another normal hill individual Gundersen World Cup
QUOTES Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett Bryan had a great race today. He was third fastest in the cross country marking a career best cross country rank for him. It was awesome to see him race from 40th to almost a top 20. Unfortunately Magnus [Moan] stepped on his pole and he lost a few places, but it was fantastic racing. We know Bryan is fit and has been jumping consistently really well. Now we just need to match up good jumping with racing.
The jumping portion was happening in heavy snow today, so it's kind of just luck of the draw. They didn't jump as far as they hoped. With the snow and wind, the guys had problems with sticking in the track. Bryan, Todd and Billy all got stuck in the track and had issues, but unfortunately there's not really much you can do.
Johnny is slowly and steadily getting better. We're still dialing in equipment, which has been a challenge. He's still testing bindings and skis and we're falling a bit victim to not being in Europe all the time and having access, but hopefully we can test over Christmas and get him dialed in.