Taylor Fletcher’s career really took flight this year, as he found himself on the podium at the World Ski Championships and on the World Cup circuit. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Germany’s Johannes Rydzek took a third straight nordic combined gold medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti as Bryan Fletcher was 31st to lead the USA.
The USA finished eighth Sunday in the 4x5k nordic combined team event, highlighted by Ben Berend leading after the first round of jumping.
Three Americans including Bryan and Taylor Fletcher plus Ben Berend will be in the starting lineup for the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup opener in Ruka.
Taylor Fletcher led the USA, finishing 27th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup.
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.
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made a big leap in cross country, moving up to finish 24th as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup resumed in Lahti.
Americans Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) finishing 19th and 20th as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup resumed at Chaux-Neuve.
Taylor Fletcher skied the fastest cross country time of the day to overcome a one minute, two second deficit to Continental Cup leader David Pommer after the jump to take the win at Soldier Hollow.
Austria's David Pommer made it two in a row in the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow by a mere tenth of a second over Taylor Fletcher.
Taylor Fletcher came from behind to finish third, breaking up an Austrian podium, in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup event at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow.
Athletes from a dozen countries compete in a three-day International Ski Federation Nordic Combined Continental Cup competition at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow this weekend.
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.
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While it’s impossible not to reference Taylor Fletcher as the little brother of U.S. teammate Bryan Fletcher, the younger Fletcher is quickly making a name for himself in nordic combined. A strong cross country skier, Fletcher has the ability to separate himself from the field early and rack up results.
If 2013 is any indication of Fletcher’s skill and potential, the nordic combined world needs to be on notice. The Steamboat Springs native earned his first World Cup podium and then went on to earn his first team World Ski Championships medal with a bronze at Val di Fiemme, Italy. In addition, Fletcher started the 2012-13 World Cup circuit by posting the fastest time in the season’s opening race, showing his prowess in cross country.
Fletcher’s 16th-place finish in the overall World Cup standings ranks him highest among U.S. men in 2013, a number he hopes will rise steadily as the competitive seasons roll on.
Fletcher’s 2013 success followed a great 2012 season, which saw him grab six Continental Cup podiums in seven tries and score points in most of the year’s World Cups. He also finished 12th at Junior Worlds in 2009 and was part of the Olympic squad in 2010, competing in both nordic combined and ski jumping.
This year I accomplished almost all of my goals I set at the beginning of the season. By earning my first team, individual and World Championship podiums, I took a giant step, one that motivates me going into next season. I can’t wait to get into training so I can focus on my childhood dream of earning an Olympic medal. I know I still have a lot of work to do, but I look forward to that work and a chance to stand on top of the world.
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