Taylor Fletcher strong in weekend Nordic combined World Cup event

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— The final event of the Nordic combined World Cup season was a dud Sunday, with the competition in Falun, Sweden, canceled because of high winds and nasty conditions.

Because of the cancellation, the U.S. team went out on a high note thanks to a strong showing Saturday at the same venue.

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U.S. Ski Team

Taylor Fletcher

There, Taylor Fletcher capped a late-season resurgence with an 11th-place finish.

He struggled mightily throughout the season to make high-scoring jumps, but his work on the issue began to show after February’s Winter Olympics. He jumped inside the top 50 in each of his past three events, that in itself a step, then jumped to 27th and, on Saturday in his final event, 25th.

On Saturday, he skied up to 11th place — which, especially considering the field, was his best individual result of the season.

Bryan Fletcher finished the season with a 28th-place finish. That locked him into an 18th-place finish in the overall World Cup standings, a slide from his 11th-place spot before the Olympics but a bump from his 21st-place finish a year ago.

Billy Demong finished 25th overall in what could be his final season on the circuit. Taylor Fletcher was 27th, and Todd Lodwick, who didn’t compete on the World Cup circuit after a January injury, was 55th overall.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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