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Bryan Fletcher shines while Adam Loomis records career best in Norway

Ben Ingersoll

Bryan Fletcher

— Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher again made his mark on the Nordic combined World Cup circuit, but Adam Loomis, the only other United States representative competing in Norway this weekend, made huge strides.

On Saturday, Fletcher competed as the lone American in the 10K individual Gundersen jump and race, taking 34th overall with an 11th-best ski race, finishing in 24:27. Germans dominated the Saturday session, taking the top two podium spots with Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle. There were five Germans who finished in the top 13 on Saturday.

On Sunday in Lillehammer, Loomis joined Fletcher.

Fletcher had his best individual performance in World Cup action since Jan. 19 in Seefeld, Austria, where he placed fifth in the Gundersen HS-109 and 15K ski. In Norway on Sunday, he took eighth overall, making up 28 spots in the cross country race. Fletcher stood in 36th after the jumping portion but had the day’s second-best ski time (24:19).

Loomis, meanwhile, struggled on the jumps, starting way back in 46th after the early session. He came back strong in skiing, beating out 35 others in the 10K with his 11th-best race time. He finished in 35th place, a World Cup career best for the 22-year-old.

A week ago in Ruka, Finland, Loomis finished 44th overall in the individual Gundersen competition and was ranked 56th with his ski jumping and 17th in the race.

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"Personal bests on all fronts today," Loomis tweeted out shortly after his race. "It’s a step."

Norway’s Mikko Kokslien won Sunday’s competition in a thrilling finish, crossing just a fraction of a second ahead of Riessle. Riessle edged Jason Lamy-Chappuis by six-tenths of a second, who in turn beat Tino Edelmann by just two-tenths of a second.

Loomis included in his tweet the hashtag #hungryformore. The next World Cup competitions will be in Ramsau, Austria, on Dec. 20 and 21. Saturday is the team sprint, and Sunday is the individual Gundersen.

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