Tenacity defines Bryan Fletcher; not only is he a three-time World Championship competitor, but he's a cancer survivor as well. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher were named to the 2016 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. They will open the 2015-16 season this weekend with the kickoff to the International Ski Federation’s Nordic Combined World Cup tour in Ruka, Finland.
An early opening of the jumps at the Utah Olympic Park gave the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team a final pre-season training platform before the start of the FIS World Cup tour.
As Bryan Fletcher battled for the lead at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships last March in Sweden, his mind kept racing back to that day as a 6-year-old cancer victim in Steamboat Springs when he finally convinced mom to let him ski jump.
As a Nordic Combined athlete, reigning U.S. national champion, King’s Cup winner and Olympian, Bryan Fletcher definitely knows how to fight. What fewer people know is that Fletcher had to develop these skills early in life: when he battled cancer.
Taylor Fletcher skied up to finish 13th in the finale of the FIS Nordic Combined Grand Prix Saturday in Oberstdorf.
Taylor Fletcher roller skied to the fastest time moving up from 39th to finish 19th in the FIS Nordic Combined Grand Prix Friday in Oberstdorf.
Weather played a role in a windy and rainy day for the FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix at a new venue in the Montafon valley of western Austria.
Taylor Fletcher set the second fastest roller ski pace to finish 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix in Oberwiesenthal.
Over Fourth of July weekend, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team drove from Park City, UT to Steamboat Springs, CO for the fifth annual Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Ski Jumping Competition at Howelsen Hill.
Taylor Fletcher had the fourth fastest cross country time but it was only good enough or 21st in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup season finale at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Taylor Fletcher moved up 30 positions in cross country with the fastest time to finish 14th in the Trondheim World Cup.
France led wire-to-wire to take a repeat gold over Germany, with the USA in ninth.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher led the USA as it finished seventh in the nordic combined team event at World Championships.
The first of four nordic combined events kicks off Friday at the Falun 2015 Nordic World Championships.
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Bryan Fletcher has one of the more inspiring stories in skiing - a childhood cancer survivor. Since breaking onto the international nordic combined scene with a victory in the King’s Cup at Holmenkollen in 2012, Bryan Fletcher has established himself as one of the best combined skiers in the world.
Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age three, Fletcher underwent intensive chemotherapy, surviving a stroke before going into remission. The dust had barely settled before Fletcher went on a competitive tear, eventually vaulting into the world’s elite nordic combined athletes.
After his first World Cup win in 2012, the 2013 season proved to be a good one for Fletcher, who helped capture the USA’s first full-team nordic combined World Ski Championships medal in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Fletcher hit the 2015 season determined to continue his improvement and challenged for the lead at the World Championships in Falun, before finishing fifth. Despite narrowly missing out on the medal, he improved to a personal best seven top-10 finishes culminating with a 15th place in the FIS Overall World Cup Standings. With his continued improvement, look for Fletcher to be a contender in the years to come.
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