Bryan Fletcher, shown here at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo, led the USA in sixth Friday
SEEFELD, Austria (Dec. 16) – The two-man sprint team of Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Spring, CO) rose three spots landing sixth after starting the cross country race 38 seconds back in ninth. A final push to the finish earned the team the extra spot after sitting in seventh during the second and third laps. The second U.S. team, comprised of Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO), was 11th. France's powerhouse team of Sebastien LaCroix and Jason Lamy-Chappuis took the win in the team sprint format, making its comeback after four seasons.
HIGHLIGHTS • One of Bryan Fletcher's best World Cup performances ever • Billy Demong posted highest jumping score for USA , finishing sixth in the field • The team sprint makes a comeback at the World Cup level after being absent during the last four seasons • The team sprint is one of the two new competition formats together with the penalty race, that have been introduced onto the program this season • Action continues Sat. and Sun. with two normal hill individual Gundersen World Cups
QUOTES Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett We thought that we had as good a chance as anyone to be on the podium today. Billy and Bryan were right there. They jumped well enough to do it and Bryan skied well and held his own. To be sixth is not too shabby. Both guys did a good job.
Hopefully the weather holds out and they have normal competitions for the rest of the weekend. Johnny jumped pretty good in training yesterday and again today, so it looks like he may have figured something out. Hopefully we see some solid jumps tomorrow and he can have a couple good individual results before Christmas.