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)
After winning the annual Fourth of July nordic combined cup on Howelsen Hill, soon-to-be-dad Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) talked with Joel Reichenberger of Steamboat Today.
Bryan Fletcher posted the second-fasted cross country time to finish 12th at the FIS Nordic World Cup Nordic Combined in Kuopio, Finland Tuesday. Brother Taylor Fletcher was 25th.
Bryan Fletcher finished 15th Saturday in the King’s Cup, one of the most prestigious events on the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tour at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Bryan Fletcher plowed through heavy, wet snow to the fastest cross country time, finishing seventh in the Seefeld Triple.
Bryan Fletcher finished ninth in the second of three stages of the Seefeld Triple in Austria.
Bryan Fletcher set the pace for the USA finishing 20th in the opening round of the Seefeld Triple
Americans Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) finishing 19th and 20th as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup resumed at Chaux-Neuve.
Norway swept the podium as the World Cup resumed in Ramsau. Bryan Fletcher led the USA in 26th.
Taylor Fletcher came back from 42nd in jumping to finish 13th on the heels of the fastest time in cross country.
After a weekend of wind in Ruka, Finland, the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tour will try again for its opener, this time on the Olympic venues of Lillehammer.
High winds continued Sunday forcing officials to cancel the remaining event of the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup opener in Ruka, just as it had Saturday for ski jumping. The tour now heads to Lillehammer.
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.
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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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