Nordic

Strong Race for Bryan Fletcher

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USSA
2015-01-17 09:09
 

SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 17, 2015) - Germany's Eric Frenzel remained invicible in Seefeld, skiing to a second straight win in the Seefeld Triple. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied up from 25th in the jump to finish 11th, with the fourth fastest cross country time. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) was 21st. The mini-tour wraps up Sunday with a two-jump, 15k cross country format.

The key to success that has been eluding the U.S. skiers has been jump hill performance. Today, Fletcher stepped it up and put himself into a better position. "Today was a much better day for me on the jump hill," said Fletcher. "I was able to put together a solid jump with a strong race and make up my deficit from yesterday. Going into tomorrow, I still have ground to make up but I will be focusing on performing like I did today and see how much more I can climb on the results sheet." Demong was also solid on the jump, in 21st, but was unable to move up in cross country.

"Good day for Bryan on both sides - jumping and cross country," said Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett. "While it was great to have four guys in the comp today, we were hoping Tay (Taylor Fletcher) and Adam (Loomis) would have made it into the top 30 but the mistakes on the jumping hill compound and are hard to recover from."

The Seefeld Triple wraps up on Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eric Frenzel of Germany, who swept all three stages of last year's Seefeld Triple, has two straight and one to go this year as he won by 2.9 seconds.
  • Bryan Fletcher had the fourth fastest cross country time to move up from 25th to 11th.
  • Billy Demong was 21st and made the top-30 cut for Sunday's finale. Taylor Fletcher was 34th, Adam Loomis 38th and missed the cut.

QUOTES
Bryan Fletcher

Today was a much better day for me on the jump hill. I was able to put together a solid jump with a strong race and make up my deficit from yesterday. Going into tomorrow, I still have ground to make up but I will be focusing on performing like I did today and see how much more I can climb on the results sheet.

Dave Jarrett, Head Nordic Combined Coach
Good day for Bryan on both sides - jumping and cross country. Looking forward to the 15k tomorrow. Billy also was solid on the hill and is getting more race fit each race.
 
While it was great to have four guys in the comp today, we were hoping Tay and Adam would have got in the top 30 but the mistakes on the jumping hill compound and are hard to recover from.
 

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