Steamboat skiers make Nordic combined teams
June 23, 2017
Steamboat Springs skiers again dominate the nation's top Nordic combined teams, which were announced Thursday afternoon heading into a crucial winter for the sport.
Both of those on the USA Nordic A-team are Steamboat born, and three of the six on the B and C teams are Steamboat skiers, as well; all will enter the 2017-18 winter with a shot at qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, scheduled to begin in February in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The team is led, as it has been in recent years, by the Fletcher brothers, Bryan, 30, and Taylor, 27. Both grew up jumping at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs, and both have already racked up Olympic appearances. Bryan competed in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Taylor competed in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, then again in 2014.
Steamboat skiers Ben Berend, 22, and Jasper Good, 20, then are both on the B team for the second consecutive year. Both have racked up World Cup starts in recent seasons, and Berend has competed at the past two World Ski Championships.
Berend has most established himself with his jumping, leaping into second place at one World Cup event last winter.
They're joined on the B team by fellow veterans Adam Loomis, 25, and Ben Loomis, 19, both of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Stephen Schumann, 17, from Park City, Utah.
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Both Loomis brothers earned World Cup and World Championship starts last winter. Schumann competed several times on the World Cup, as well, and at the Junior World Ski Championships and the Continental Cup.
Steamboat skier Grant Andrews, 20, was then the only member of the C team. He competed this past season at the Junior World Ski Championships and on the Continental Cup.