Brett Denney is one of a handful of nordic combined athletes to come out of Steamboat Springs in the past decade, and he plans to carry on the legacy of Ski Town USA. (Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)
Bryan Fletcher (seen here at World Championships) posted the third-fastest time of the day to move up from 26th to finish ninth in Sunday’s World Cup in Schonach, Germany.
Todd Lodwick scored a hat trick, picking up his third straight win at the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow.
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Surrounded by a slew of Olympic hopefuls at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Brett Denney knew the exposure factor was on his side. Combine that with a relentless work ethic, and it’s no surprise Denney was called up to the U.S. Ski Team in 2009.
Known for his resiliency, Denney overcame offseason shin surgery to place in the top 20 for two of the first three Continental Cups this season. A consistent upward trend has been key to the success of the 2009 North American Junior Champion, as he broke onto the World Cup in that same year and finished eighth in the Park City/Soldier Hollow Continental Cup in 2011.
Injuries hampered the rest of Denney’s 2013 campaign, but the Colorado native has his eyes on another strong comeback and an Olympic berth in 2014.
After having such a long time off competitions in the middle of the season and then injuring myself at the next competition, I never quite got back to the same form. While it was disappointing, it was also another season to look at as a lesson.
Looking forward, I hope to be able to have more consistency when it comes to skiing well during competitions, even if our competition season is cut short again. Next season I hope to start off strong and keep improving. I need to make big improvements in my jumping, and this summer that will be my main focus.
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