The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team had its second strong day of the weekend Sunday and with the World Championships looming less than a month away, the team is getting hot at just the right time.
Bryan Fletcher placed eighth, his second top-10 finish of the weekend skiing Sunday in Klingenthal, Germany. Billy Demong wasn’t far back, finishing 12th in the penalty lap race that wrapped up the weekend of competition.
Germany’s Eric Frenzel had the day’s best jump and in turn didn’t have to ski any penalty laps en route to the day’s victory, his fourth in a row on the World Cup. Fletcher, meanwhile, was seventh after the jump. He had to ski two penalty laps and ended up eighth, less than two seconds behind seventh-place Sebastien Lacroix, of France.
Demong was 24th after the jump, last of the two dozen racers who qualified. He flew past half the field on the race course, however, and moved into 12th.
Taylor Fletcher jumped 29th and Johnny Spillane jumped 43rd, both missing the cut for the skiing portion of the race.
The top-10 finish represents the team’s ninth of the season. At least one American has cracked the top 10 in each of the last seven events on the circuit, dating back to a third-place finish in a team relay Jan. 6.
The World Cup now moves on to Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympic Games.
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