Nordic Programs

Fletcher Holds onto Sixth in Seefeld

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2014-01-18 10:10
 

SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 18) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) held onto his sixth-place position in the second stage of the Seefeld nordic combined triple FIS Word Cup Saturday. Fletcher posted the top U.S. result by jumping into ninth and then moving up to sixth in the 10k cross country race. German Erik Frenzel took the victory again as the Seefeld Triple moves into its third and final stage Sunday with two jumps and a 15k race. The top 30 men advance, and the winner of Sunday’s event will take the title for the first-ever World Cup nordic combined triple.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) held onto his sixth-place position in the second stage of the Seefeld nordic combined triple FIS Word Cup Saturday. He heads into the final stage in prime position to climb into the top five for the entire weekend.
  • Fletcher posted the top U.S. result by jumping into ninth and then moving up to sixth in the 10k cross country race.
  • Teammate Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) finished 12th after jumping into 20th and putting down the eighth-fastest time in the 10k.
  • German Erik Frenzel took the victory for the second day in a row.
  • The Seefeld Triple serves as the last event in the U.S. Olympic selection period for nordic combined, and team nominations are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22.
  • The top 30 men from Saturday’s race will advance to the third and final stage Sunday with two jumps and a 15k race, and the winner of Sunday’s event will take the title for the first-ever World Cup nordic combined triple.

QUOTES
Bryan Fletcher
Today was another solid day for both Bill and I. The new format is exciting. Today was fun racing and I do think there is room still to advance. With the extra distance for the race tomorrow I think I might be able to climb a few places with a good performance. However, I will be looking to maintain the performance I had today. With two jumps the field will have some gaps in it and should make for some exciting racing, as it will bunch up into packs at some point. The venue and the snow here in Seefeld are in great condition and I am looking forward to tomorrow!

Billy Demong
So far, the new format is proving challenging and fun. The spread is exaggerated by Frenzel because he is killing it. I think tomorrow's two-jump 15km format will really allow for some shifting though, and this is certainly a weekend series that can be refined and used in years to come. It offers an exciting change from our normal format and I think it gets everyone excited. The venue here is great and the crowd is large! I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.

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