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Height
5'9"
Weight
145
 

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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.

BRYAN SAYS
The 2013 season I set one clear goal: To walk away with at least one medal from World Championships. It was a tall order, and I knew that accomplishing that would help to propel me into the Olympic season to come. After accomplishing that goal, I am heading into this season with more confidence and experience than ever before. It’s been a long journey since Vancouver, however I am excited that the year for Sochi is finally here, and I look forward to enjoying every step forward.

FIRST TRACKS
Fletcher was skiing by age three and his father, who is still on the Steamboat Ski Patrol, took him up on the mountain almost every day. Growing up in Ski Town USA, he started ski jumping at four, added cross country at six and became a combined skier. As a young boy, he came close to dying of cancer. “The doctors didn’t want me to jump, but I loved it. My mom wanted me to be happy, so I started and I’ve stuck with it.” He successfully beat the cancer and grew into a premiere athlete, competing at Junior Worlds in 2003, ’05 and ’06.

OFF THE SNOW
Bryan enjoys weekends with his dog and wife hiking, biking, camping and whatever else they can find outdoors.  He has a passion for cooking and enjoys experimenting with new flavors. Lastly Bryan enjoys giving back to the community fighting cancer.  He is always involved in charity events and projects to raise awareness and funds for the cause.

 

Highlights

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bronze, NC Team Combined, Val di Fiemme, ITL, 2013
3rd, NC Team HS, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
14th, NC NH HS, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
23rd, NC LH HS, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
4th, NC Team HS, Oslo, NOR, 2011
6th, NC Team HS, Oslo, NOR, 2011
22nd, NC NH HS, Oslo, NOR, 2011

WORLD CUP
4 top-10 podiums (Klingenthal, GER (twice), Lahti, FIN, Ramsau, AUT), 2013
First World Cup podium, finishing 1st, Holmenkollen, King’s Cup, Oslo, NOR, 2012
First top-10 finish in the World Cup with 8th, Ramsau, AUT 2012

OTHER
2008: 5th, World Cup B, Japan
Three-time Junior Worlds competitor