Steamboat's Taylor Fletcher cracks top 30 at World Cup

Steamboat skier places 29th at World Cup event

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Taylor Fletcher finished 29th on Sunday in a Nordic combined World Cup event in Seefeld, Austria, leading a United States contingent stocked with Steamboat Springs skiers.

Johnny Spillane was 35th and Bryan Fletcher 36th in the event, which was won by Magnus Moan, of Norway, who overtook Jason Lamy-Chappuis, of France, to win.

David Kreiner, of Austria, was third.

Taylor Fletcher started the cross-country skiing portion of the day’s event in 32nd place but moved up with the 24th fastest skiing time. It was his second time in the top 30 of a World Cup event.

Bryan Fletcher and Spillane also made up ground skiing. Fletcher went from 43rd to 36th and Spillane from 48th to 35th.

Todd Lodwick had the 26th best jump but opted not to race the cross-country skiing portion.

“Today, we had some positives for sure,” Nordic combined head coach Dave Jarrett said in a statement. “Taylor got some points, which was good. Bryan didn’t jump as well as he has been but, in actuality, it was just a one off jump in the competition.

“Johnny is definitely coming back better and better. He needs to get the competition edge sharpened. While this is a new version of the hill here, he has always struggled a bit in Seefeld.”

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