Steamboat's Fletcher brothers finish ninth in team World Cup competition

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U.S. Ski Team

Bryan Fletcher

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Taylor Flet­cher

A strong cross-country ski race couldn’t lift Steamboat Springs brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher from their ninth-place jump qualifying position Sunday as the pair skied to ninth overall in a Nordic Combined World Cup team event in Kuusamo, Finland.

The race, which included two 7.5-kilometer legs, was won by the Austrian pair of Bernhard Gruber and Mario Stecher, who converted the day’s best jumps into victory despite a slower ski time.

The Norwegian duo of Mikko Kokslien and Haavard Klemetsen finished second, while France's Jason Lamy Chappuis and Sebastien Lacroix paired up for third overall.

The Fletcher brothers jumped ninth, then finished with the sixth-fastest ski time. Bryan Fletcher led out with a time of 17 minutes, 40 seconds. Taylor Fletcher finished with a time of 16:46, the event’s fourth fastest mark.

The World Cup resumes in Ramsau, Austria, with two individual Gundersen events Dec. 15 and Dec. 16.

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