Steamboat Springs' Bryan Fletcher leads Nordic combined team

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Bryan Fletcher

— Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher paced United States on Saturday in Kuusamo, Finland, finishing 14th.

Fletcher jumped to 11th and was in contention with the lead group before falling back on the final climb, according to a U.S. Ski Team news release.

"Today was a solid day," Fletcher said in the release. "I was more concerned about my cross-country race (Saturday) than my jumping. I was able to hang tough but just didn't quite have the legs for the final attack into the finish.

"I feel confident they will come in the next few weeks. I still feel my shape is just starting to ramp up."

France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis won Saturday's event. Norway’s Magnus Krog was second, and France’s Sebastien Lacroix was third.

Teammate and brother Taylor Fletcher was disqualified for a jumping suit violation.

“Bryan had a good day,” coach Dave Jarrett said the release. “He was close to the podium group in cross-country with Jason (Lamy Chappuis) just off the front. The last climb up into the stadium was too much at the end for Bryan, but all in all it was a good day.”

The World Cup continues Sunday with a team sprint event. Along with the Fletcher brothers, Steamboat Springs’ Todd Lodwick and Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong are expected to compete for the U.S.

"Going into (Sunday) I am just looking to have some fun," Bryan Fletcher said. "It's not every day you get to compete in a World Cup team with your younger brother. I definitely am excited to share the experience with him.

"We are not expecting much in the results category, but I feel like it's a good opportunity to practice going into Val di Fiemme (World Championships) and I think it will be more then anything a fun race."

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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