Bryan Fletcher again paces all Americans at in World Cup Nordic combined event

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— Bryan Fletcher followed up Saturday’s top-20 finish in the World Cup Nordic combined competition in Schonach, Germany, with a top-10 placing Sunday.

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Bryan Fletcher

Unlike Saturday, however, Fletcher wasn’t the lone American to advance past the jumping portion in the World Cup’s sixth competition of the season.

Fletcher’s 26th-ranked jump was long forgotten after he completed the 10K cross-country course as the third fastest in the field, crossing in 23 minutes, 3.2 seconds to take ninth overall. It was Fletcher’s second-best overall finish in the World Cup this year. He was seventh on Dec. 15 in Austria and 18th in Saturday’s competition in Schonach.

Bryan’s brother Taylor Fletcher came in 31st on Sunday, aided by a seventh-best ski race time (23 minutes, 15.9 seconds), helping make up for a 61st jump rank. Todd Lodwick came in 44th, and Brett Denney came in 51st place.

The three didn’t jump well enough Saturday to advance to the cross-country race.

World Cup competition will have next weekend off before skiers head 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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