Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher leads U.S. in World Cup

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U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team skier Bryan Fletcher readily admitted Saturday that the conditions at the weekend’s World Cup stop in Schonach, Germany, were uniquely disadvantageous to him.

The weather was warm throughout the weekend, and the snow — what little there was on a cross-country ski trial that zigged and zagged through a farm field — was soft.

“It’s very challenging for me. I struggle personally in these conditions,” he said.

On Sunday, his fears were realized. Fletcher was in 11th place after the jumping portion of the individual competition, but he ground in the skiing race, sliding to 22nd.

He still led the U.S. efforts a day after the team earned its first-ever World Cup podium in a Nordic Combined team relay event.

Taylor Fletcher had the opposite kind of day. He jumped to 48th position, then had his second strong skiing performance in as many days, climbing to 26th. He had the day’s fifth fastest skiing time.

Todd Lodwick also gained ground on his skis, finishing 32nd after jumping 44th.

The World Cup moves on to France for competitions next weekend.

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