Fletcher, Demong showing strong at World Cup
January 18, 2014
Bryan Fletcher is poised to finish off his best weekend of Nordic combined World Cup action in a big way. He was sixth on Saturday for the second day in a row and will try to hold the position and move up in a unique three-day format on the circuit.
On Saturday, he was ninth after the jump and moved up three spots with the day's sixth-fastest ski team on the 10-kilometer course.
A day earlier, he jumped to 11th and moved up with the 16th fastest ski time, that day on a 5K course.
Billy Demong wasn't far behind either day, finishing eighth on Friday and 12th on Saturday.
"Today was another solid day for both Bill and I," Fletcher said in a U.S. Ski Team press release. "The new format is exciting. Today was fun racing, and I do think there is room still to advance."
The final day of competition, which is today, includes 15 kilometers of skiing. The field has been cut each day of the event and only 30 athletes will take part in the final stage.
The final day also includes two jumps.
"With the extra distance for the race tomorrow, I might be able to climb a few places with a good performance; however, I will be looking to maintain the performance I had today," Fletcher said. "With two jumps, the field will have some gaps in it and should make for some exciting racing, as it will bunch up into packs at some point."