Steamboat Springs The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team returns to action Saturday with a World Cup in Shonach, Germany.
The team was off for the holidays and has a pair of events this weekend, including Saturday’s team 4x5-kilometer event. On Sunday, the team will have a normal hill Gundersen event.
The U.S. team hasn’t had a banner start to the 2012-13 season.
Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher is the top American in the World Cup standings, sitting in 17th.
Brother Taylor Fletcher is in 26th, Billy Demong is 39th and Todd Lodwick is 45th.
Steamboat’s Johnny Spillane battled sickness and injuries in the first part of the season, limiting his availability on the World Cup.
There could be good news on the way, however.
Lodwick wrapped up his 2012 by finishing first at a trio of Continental Cups. Although the competition wasn’t quite World Cup level, it was a good sign that Lodwick is getting back into shape.
Bryan Fletcher also showed signs of making 2013 memorable, picking up an eighth- and 17th-place finish at the final World Cup of 2012 in Ramsau, Austria. The eighth-place finish was the American team's best of the year.
Taylor Fletcher also had a career-best 10th-place finish in Ramsau.
The World Cup ramps up in the next three weekends. It all leads up to a Feb. 2 and 3 event in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Olympic Games.
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