Taylor Fletcher (shown here racing at Soldier Hollow) scored a career first podium finishing third at a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 20) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) brought another podium to the Fletcher family trophy case, finishing third in the Seefeld FIS Nordic Combined World Cup for his first career top three. Fletcher moved up from 21st after the jump to come within 2.9 seconds of winner Eric Frenzel of Germany. Brother Bryan, who won his first World Cup a year ago, was 24th. The tour now heads to Klingenthal, Germany before moving to Sochi for the Olympic test events.
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored a career first World Cup podium finishing third in the Seefeld FIS Nordic Combined World Cup.
Fletcher was 21st in jumping and started one minute 21 seconds back, but methodically picked his way through the field to finish third just 2.9 seconds behind the winner Eric Frenzel of Germany.
Brother Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 24th.
It was the best jumping finish ever for Taylor Fletcher and the fourth time this year he has posted the fastest cross country time.
The World Cup now heads to Klingenthal, Germany next weekend before moving to Sochi for the Olympic test events.
QUOTES Taylor Fletcher Today was a great day and I am very very excited. Not only did I have my best place in the jumping but also the first podium in the World Cup. I am growing into the sport and becoming a great skier. Now each day I can go on with a bigger heart and push it even more.
Dave Jarrett, Head Nordic Combined Coach Awesome day. Tay was good but that is the level he is at right now. His jumping is getting better and better so he is starting closer to the front. We know if he is within a minute 30 (time back going into cross country) he has a chance. Brother Bryan was good today too but picked the wrong skis. He is not jumping as well as he has been but skiing is getting better and better.