The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team pointed to its jumping Sunday as the four healthy team members competing at the World Cup level paired up for a team competition in France.
Billy Demong and Bryan Fletcher joined forces to finish seventh overall while Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney were 16th.
The Demong-Fletcher pairing actually slid one spot in the race, a rare occurrence for U.S. skiers this season. Still, they battled throughout the race for the lead and ended up near the back of a tight pack, only five seconds behind the day’s winner, a German team.
“Certainly (it) was tough racing out there,” Bryan Fletcher said in a U.S. Ski Team press release. “There were a lot of elements that made today’s course tough on everyone, however, we can walk away knowing we put two solid jumps together and gave it our all in the race.”
Fletcher said he broke a pole in Sunday’s race the day after he slipped and fell in Saturday’s race.
The course was tight because of a lack of snow.
“Luck was not on my side this weekend,” he said. “That’s OK. Bill skied awesome, and both of us took a step in the right direction on the jump hill.”
Team Fletcher-Denney, meanwhile, moved up from 20th to their final spot.
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