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)
Brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher combined their efforts Saturday to finish 14th in the team sprint HS130/2x7.5k World Cup at the Lahti Ski Games.
Bryan Fletcher, seen here jumping at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, was the sole U.S. athlete to compete in the individual 10k Gundersen World Cup in Lahti Friday, finishing 34th in his first nordic combined since Sochi.
Todd Lodwick and Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Taylor Fletcher skied into the top spot for the USA in 20th during the cross country portion of the individual Gundersen 10k event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA in 24th during Wednesday’s individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three nordic combined events of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Four athletes, including reigning Olympic Champion Billy Demong, were nominated today to the 014 U.S. Olympic team in nordic combined. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Bryan Fletcher, seen here at 2013 World Championships, skied into the top five Saturday during the 15k finale of the first-ever FIS World Cup Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld.
Bryan Fletcher, seen here at the 2014 Olympic Trials in Park City, held onto his sixth-place position in the second stage of the Seefeld nordic combined triple FIS Word Cup Saturday.
Bryan Fletcher, seen here jumping at U.S. Championships, took the top spot for the USA in sixth during the prologue of the first-ever nordic combined triple FIS World Cup Friday in Seefeld, Austria.
Bryan Fletcher and Billy Demong, both seen here at U.S. Olympic Trials, battled for the lead throughout the team sprint but eventually settled for seventh Sunday in the FIS World Cup nordic combined team event in Chaux Neuve, France.
Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick earned an historic nomination to his sixth Olympic team Saturday with a victory at the 2014 Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
Top U.S. nordic combined and ski jumping athletes are set to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team this Saturday and Sunday when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
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.
Bryan Fletcher (seen here at World Championships) skied up from 31st to finish 18th in the nordic combined World Cup Saturday.
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Bryan Fletcher has one of the more inspiring stories in skiing. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age three, Fletcher underwent chemotherapy for seven years, 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.
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. In addition to his team bronze, his four top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit were good enough for 21st in the FIS World Cup standings, the second highest finish for the U.S. behind brother Taylor.
His success in 2013 is all in preparation for an Olympic bid in 2014, and with a resume like Fletcher’s—team bronze at World Champs and four World Cup top-10 finishes in 2013—he looks to be on track for more impressive results.
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