The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher, shown here making a move in the Soldier Hollow Continental Cup, scored a career best 21st in Lillehammer. (USSA/Tom Kelly)
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 3) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored a career best 21st Saturday in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Fletcher, who was relagated to the 45th position at the cross country start based on provisional jump results, skied the second fastest 10k to move up over 20 places. Olympic champion Billy Demong was 25th with Norwegian Haavard Klemetsen getting the win.
Career best for Taylor Fletcher in 21st; previous best a pair of 29ths in Val di Fiemme, Italy and Seefeld, Austria the last two seasons.
Wind and snow forced cancellation of jump, with cross country start positions determined by provisional jumping results.
Bryan Fletcher started 16th just 56 seconds back based on reserve jump results, but dropped back in cross country to finish 31st.
A large hill competition is planned for Sunday.
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach It was a tough race today. Jumping was canceled this morning, which meant we used the PCR from last night. Using the PCR meant that Johnny [Spillane] was a bit out but we hoped we could have four guys in the top 30.
Bryan was doing extremely well for 2.5 laps, in the top 10, but in hindsight opened a bit too hard. The course is very hard and many guys paid the price for starting too hard. Taylor also had a solid competition both on the hill and out on the course. We know he is one of the fastest guys out here and he showed it today. Billy also jumped a bit better but paid the price for starting too hard. The tactic was to move up with Moan and Pittin, both of whom opened very hard and Billy suffered a bit on the last lap.
Tomorrow we will do the Penalty Race on the big hill. Looking forward to better weather and a new competition tomorrow!