December 16, 2012
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The Nordic combined Olympic team was announced Wednesday and it included three native Steamboat Springs athletes.
Maybe it's the country. If it is, great days lie ahead for U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team speed demon Taylor Fletcher.
For Steamboat Springs native Taylor Fletcher, it’s been about getting the chance to ski. On Saturday competing at the first 2014 Nordic combined World Cup event on the season, he got that chance, and he scorched the snow.
The Americans once again made up considerable differences in their overall scores at the World Cup's second Nordic combined competition Saturday. Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher paced all Americans with a 16th-place finish.
Taylor Fletcher had a breakthrough season competing on the Nordic combined World Cup and he summed up his confidence in one simple sentence.
Another day, another huge skiing performance from Taylor Fletcher at the Nordic combined World Cup as he climbed to fifth.
The Germans dominated a Sunday sprint relay event at a World Cup Nordic combined event in Lahti, Finland while the United States pair of Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher finished seventh.
Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher led the United States on Friday during the opening day of the Lahti Ski Games in Finland, matching his seventh-place finish from last year.
Scorching performances on the ski course have defined the season for U.S. Nordic combined team members Taylor Fletcher and Billy Demong, but a weak jumping round kept the pair at bay Saturday, limiting them to a sixth-place finish in the final World Championships event.
The U.S. Nordic combined skier led his country's team once again, placing fifth in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday. Sochi is the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Meet U.S. Nordic combined A Team members Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane.
Head Nordic combined coach Dave Jarrett said Fletcher has faith that he could compete with the top athletes on the World Cup.
Fletcher jumped to 21st place, but flew through the field on the cross-country ski course and finished third overall, just 2.9 seconds behind the day’s champ, Germany’s Eric Frenzel.
For the third time this year, Taylor Fletcher had the fastest cross-country skiing time in a World Cup, moving up from 28th after the jump Saturday in Seefeld, Austria, to finish a career-best fifth.
Fletcher had the top overall cross-country time, which propelled him from 34th place after the jumping portion to 10th place overall. He was the top U.S. finisher on the day.
The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team got its best finish of the year Saturday at a World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria.