Steamboat skier Fletcher trains with Norwegians in Utah

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— The bromance between the U.S. and Norwegian Nordic combined teams is being renewed in Park City, Utah, this week as the Norwegians have arrived for their second training camp of the year with their counterparts on the U.S. Ski Team.

The Norwegians plan to stay in Park City for a month and will be involved in joint training sessions on roller skis and on the ski jumping hill, U.S. Nordic Combined head coach Dave Jarrett was quoted as saying in the Inside Track blog posted at www.fasterskier.com.

U.S. Nordic Ski Team member Tad Elliott also has spiced up recent interval training sessions by jumping onto the roller ski track at Soldier Hollow with the American Nordic combined skiers.

Among the Norwegian athletes who trained on road bikes as well as roller skis with American Nordic combiners, including Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher at Park City in June, were Mikko Kokslien, Havard Klemetsen and Magnus Krog. Krog won the opening World Cup of the 2011-12 season, and Fletcher won the final World Cup of the campaign.

Jarrett told FasterSkier that his athletes will return to Europe from Oct. 15 to 25 for one more ski jump training camp. The first period of the Nordic combined World Cup begins Nov. 24 and 25 in Lillehammer, Norway, followed by an event Dec. 1 and 2 in Kuusamo, Finland, and then a rare trip to Erzurum, Turkey, on Dec. 8 and 9.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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