Steamboat's Fletchers lead US efforts in World Cup

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Steamboat’s Fletcher brothers again led the way for the United States in a Nordic Combined World Cup competition. Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher teamed up to finish seventh in a two-man team sprint Sunday in Chauz-Neuve, France.

The Fletchers qualified in 13th place with their jumping, then thanks to strong skiing from both but in particular Taylor, flew to the top 10. Taylor Fletcher’s time on the 7.5-kilometer course of 17 minutes, 52 seconds was fourth fastest in the field.

A second U.S. team featured Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane, who was making his World Cup debut for the season after missing the first portion of the season with an injury. They finished 13th, recording a faster overall skiing time than the Fletchers. Their time was fifth-fastest overall, but their 17th-place jumping limited their ability to be competitive.

The World Cup circuit swings into Austria next weekend for a pair of competitions.

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