Bryan Fletcher 22nd in World Cup race Sunday
November 25, 2012
Bryan Fletcher provided the only highlight for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Sunday, finishing 22nd in a penalty race in Lillehammer, Norway. He was the only U.S. skier to make it through the jumping round and to the cross-country ski race.
Fletcher was 19th after the jumping. He had to ski three penalty laps for that result.
Only Fletcher and his brother, Taylor, competed for the United States in the 49-competitor field. The field was cut after the jumping, and Taylor Fletcher, 48th, was left on the outside looking in.
Norway's Magnus Moan won the race, completing a sweep of the two-day Lillehammer event that kicked off the World Cup season. Moan jumped sixth, then sped to victory on the skiing course. Haavard Klemetsen was second, and Eric Frenzel was third.
The next World Cup event takes place Saturday and Sunday in Kuusamo, Finland.