Bryan Fletcher only American to advance to ski race in WC Nordic combined competition Saturday

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— Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher is making himself comfortable as a perennial top-20 finisher in this year’s World Cup after snagging 18th in Saturday’s Nordic combined competition in Schonach, Germany.

Making up ground on his 31st-ranked ski jump, Fletcher was 11th in the cross-country skiing portion, completing the 10K in 24:38.3 despite falling in the middle of the course. It was Fletcher’s lowest finish since World Cup competition began earlier this month, but still his sixth-straight top-20 placing in either team sprints or Gundersen starts.

Fletcher was the only United States athlete to jump well enough Saturday to advance to the race portion. Todd Lodwick had a 51st-ranked jump, Brett Denney a 57th-ranked jump and Taylor Fletcher a 61st-ranked jump.

Bryan Fletcher remains atop all Americans in World Cup standings at 13th. Saturday’s results bumped the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club representative three spots, down from 10th overall a week ago.

World Cup competitors will have next weekend off before heading to Chalkovskly, Russia, on Jan. 4 and 5.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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