Johnny Spillane, shown here during the team event at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo, led the four-man team in the jumps. (Getty Images/Bongarts/Christof Koepsel)
OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 7) – The four-man team comprised of Taylor Fletcher, Johnny Spillane, Bryan Fletcher (all Steamboat Springs, CO) and Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) moved up three spots after jumping to eighth to finish fifth overall in the team event in Oberstdorf. Bryan Fletcher laid down another strong cross country performance skiing the second fastest leg in his round. Team Norway ultimately took the win after making up one spot after the jumps. The weekend competitions were originally scheduled in Schonach, but forced to move earlier this week due to adverse conditions. The weekend continues with an individual Gundersen tomorrow.
Johnny Spillane posted the best jump out of the team with fourth
The team was seeded one minute 38 seconds back from Austrian leaders heading into the cross country portion and ultimately finished one minute 25 seconds back
Taylor Fletcher rejoins the World Cup tour after competing at the Continental Cup where he earned four podiums including a win
Weekend competitions are a reschedule from Schonach
An individual normal hill Gundersen is scheduled for tomorrow
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach Today was an OK day. It was hard on the jump with the changing wind - same old story. There was a massive snow storm during the race which made ski selection difficult. The service guys did a great job anyway. We're looking forward to tomorrow.