Nordic

Strong Seefeld Triple Finish for Fletcher

by
USSA
2016-01-31 10:10
 

SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 31, 2016) - Heavy, sticky snow fell on Seefeld Sunday but that didn't stop Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) from leading the cross country race to finish a career best seventh in the Seefeld Triple. Germany's Eric Frenzel came from a 56-second deficit to win his third straight Triple, a three-day Nordic combined stage race.

Sunday's finale format called for two jumps plus a 15k cross country race - 5k longer than usual. Weather conditions forced officials to shorten to the traditional one jump with a 10k cross country race. With heavy snow falling, Fletcher used it to his advantage to move up, challenging for the number three spot in the race before falling back.

“It was a tough fight all through the weekend and today was especially challenging with the snow conditions,” said Fletcher. “I managed to put together a jump that would keep me in the fight - not perfect but good enough heading into the cross country race.”  

Fletcher stood 16th after the jumps, starting two minutes, 24 seconds behind leader Akito Watabe.

“The snow was a good thing for me,” Fletcher said. “I knew it would be slow and sticky making the race more difficult and the race times longer. It definitely gave me an opportunity to push hard and catch the lead pack. Once I closed the gap I did my best to fight for third but I was a little too exhausted at the end of the race for the sprint.”

After a rough start to the season, Seefeld marked a turning point for Fletcher.

“I feel things are working back towards positive performances now,” he said. “To be in the top 10 on a three-day event is not easy and I am very happy to continue my strong performances in this event. This year was my third time in the top 10 overall at the Seefeld Triple.”

He was fifth in the debut of the Seefeld Triple in 2014 and ninth last year.

The World Cup now heads up to Oslo for the Holmenkollen Ski Festival, which Fletcher won in 2011.

“I am excited to attempt to carry this momentum into Oslo next week,” he said.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bryan Fletcher finished seventh in the Seefeld Triple.
  • Germany's Eric Frenzel came from a 56-second deficit to win his third straight Triple, a three-day Nordic combined stage race.
  • The race was shortened due to heavy, wet snow to one jump and a 10K cross country race.
  • The World Cup now heads up to Oslo for the Holmenkollen Ski Festival, which Fletcher won in 2011.

 

QUOTES

Bryan Fletcher
It was a tough fight all through the weekend and today was especially challenging with the snow conditions. I managed to put together a jump that would keep me in the fight - not perfect but good enough heading into the cross country race.

The snow was a good thing for me. I knew it would be slow and sticky making the race more difficult and the race times longer. It definitely gave me an opportunity to push hard and catch the lead pack. Once I closed the gap I did my best to fight for third but I was a little too exhausted at the end of the race for the sprint.

I feel things are working back towards positive performances now. To be in the top 10 on a three-day event is not easy and I am very happy to continue my strong performances in this event. This year was my third time in the top 10 overall at the Seefeld Triple.

RESULTS
Seefeld Triple Final