Nordic Programs

Fletcher Takes Top Ten in Schonach

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USSA
2013-12-22 11:24
 

SCHONACH, Germany (Dec. 22) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) posted the third-fastest time of the day to move up from 26th to finish ninth in Sunday’s World Cup in Schonach. Fletcher jumped into 26th and began the 10k cross country portion 58 seconds back, finishing only 14 seconds behind winner Jason Lamy Chappuis of France. Fletcher and the U.S. men now head back to the U.S. for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Nordic Combined Dec. 28 at Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow in Park City, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The full Olympic team nominations will be announced in late January.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) posted the third-fastest time of the day to move up from 26th to finish ninth in Sunday’s World Cup in Schonach.
  • Fletcher jumped into 26th and began the 10k cross country portion 58 seconds back, finishing only 14 seconds behind winner Jason Lamy Chappuis of France.
  • Fletcher’s brother Taylor Fletcher (also Steamboat) finished in 31st after jumping into the 61st position and posting the seventh fastest time in the 10k.
  • Warm temperatures, wind and rain created difficult conditions on the course, requiring extra energy to maintain speed and gain time on the leader.
  • Fletcher and the U.S. men now head back to the U.S. for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Nordic Combined Dec. 28 at Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow in Park City, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
  • The full Olympic team nominations will be announced in late January.

QUOTES
Bryan Fletcher
Today was a solid day for me. I was able to stay on my feet in the race and move up quite a bit. There were some really tough conditions out there today. Really strong wind, rain and warm weather all played a factor in today. This made for some tough racing out there.

Today I was much closer in the jumping, but the whole field was also compact. I tried to ski with people throughout the race but ended up alone for the majority of the first three laps, which wore me out a bit for the fourth. However I was able to make contact with the lead group and have enough energy to jockey for position. Despite my best efforts I just couldn't quite make it to the podium. Nonetheless I am very happy to wrap the period up with another top-10 finish and go home on a positive note. I am now looking forward to Gold Cup on Saturday as well as a little time to recover at home.

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