Taylor Fletcher’s career really took flight this year, as he found himself on the podium at the World Ski Championships and on the World Cup circuit. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
France led wire-to-wire to take a repeat gold over Germany, with the USA in ninth.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher led the USA as it finished seventh in the nordic combined team event at World Championships.
A strong day of jumping didn’t hold up for the USA in Friday's nordic combined, as soft snow conditions hampered their move up in the 10k cross country.
The first of four nordic combined events kicks off Friday at the Falun 2015 Nordic World Championships.
Five athletes have been named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 18-Mar. 1 in Falun, Sweden.
Bryan Fletcher soared to his best jump of the year and contended for the win before taking ninth in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sapporo.
Germany's Eric Frenzel remained invicible in Seefeld, skiing to a second straight win in the Seefeld Triple. Bryan Fletcher skied up from 25th in the jump to finish 11th, with the fourth fastest cross country time. Billy Demong was 21st.
Billy Demong led the USA finishing 28th in the opening stage of the Seefeld Triple mini-tour.
Taylor Fletcher skied to fifth with brother Bryan eighth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Sunday in Chaux-Neuve.
Bryan Fletcher skied to a top 10 finishing ninth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach.
On the wings of improved jumping, the USA bumped up from eighth to fifth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team event Saturday in Ramsau. Action contnues Sunday with an individual event before the tour takes a holiday break.
Taylor Fletcher came close in fifth, but missed the podium as Tomaz Druml of Austria took his second straight FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win in Park City.
Tomaz Druml led an Austrian podium sweep at the opening FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Park City. Taylor Fletcher was eighth.
The stage is set for a wild cross country finale with Austrian Lukas Greiderer taking the lead after the jump in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup. Olympians Billy Demong (8th) and Taylor Fletcher (26th) are both expected to contend.
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While it’s impossible not to reference Taylor Fletcher as the little brother of U.S. teammate Bryan Fletcher, the younger Fletcher is quickly making a name for himself in nordic combined. A strong cross country skier, Fletcher has the ability to separate himself from the field early and rack up results.
If 2013 is any indication of Fletcher’s skill and potential, the nordic combined world needs to be on notice. The Steamboat Springs native earned his first World Cup podium and then went on to earn his first team World Ski Championships medal with a bronze at Val di Fiemme, Italy. In addition, Fletcher started the 2012-13 World Cup circuit by posting the fastest time in the season’s opening race, showing his prowess in cross country.
Fletcher’s 16th-place finish in the overall World Cup standings ranks him highest among U.S. men in 2013, a number he hopes will rise steadily as the competitive seasons roll on.
Fletcher’s 2013 success followed a great 2012 season, which saw him grab six Continental Cup podiums in seven tries and score points in most of the year’s World Cups. He also finished 12th at Junior Worlds in 2009 and was part of the Olympic squad in 2010, competing in both nordic combined and ski jumping.
This year I accomplished almost all of my goals I set at the beginning of the season. By earning my first team, individual and World Championship podiums, I took a giant step, one that motivates me going into next season. I can’t wait to get into training so I can focus on my childhood dream of earning an Olympic medal. I know I still have a lot of work to do, but I look forward to that work and a chance to stand on top of the world.
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