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)
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Taylor Fletcher moved up from 23rd to11th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup season finale at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Taylor Fletcher posted the fastest cross country leg and placed fifth, skiing up from 23rd, in the large hill combined event in Oslo.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher moved up to finish seventh in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team sprint at the Lahti Ski Games.
Bryan Fletcher finished seventh in the individual nordic combined event, while brother Taylor Fletcher moved up from 34th to finish 19th.
Billy Demong led the USA finishing 15th in the large hill nordic combined event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Veteran Billy Demong anchored a solid full team performance to lead the USA to bronze in the nordic combined team event at the World Champs.
Bryan Fletcher moves up to 14th in the nordic combined in Val di Fiemme at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The USA battled with the best most of the race before finishing seventh in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup on the Sochi venue.
Taylor Fletcher posted the second fastest cross country time to take fifth in the first Olympic nordic combined test event in Sochi.
A veteran team featuring three World Champions will represent the USA in nordic combined in the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Bryan Fletcher was eighth and Billy Demong 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Klingenthal.
Bryan Fletcher jumped to 15th and moved up to finish sixth in Klingenthal.
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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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