Bryan Fletcher fought from behind to finish 14th at Holmenkollen in Oslo. He is shown here jumping in a file photo. (Getty Images)
OSLO, Norway (March 9) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) continued to pace the U.S. Ski Team finishing 14th in the first event of the season finale at Holmenkollen in Oslo. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) came from well back in the jump to finish 19th. Japan's Akito Watabe won to setup a duel with World Cup leader Jason Lamy Chappuis in Saturday's final FIS Nordic Combined World Cup of the season.
QUOTES Bryan Fletcher I was a little disappointed in my jump results today. I wasn't totally out, though, in 17th place. Going into the cross country I knew that with a good race it was possible to be top-10. I went out and skied the way I could and did exactly what I was focusing on doing and trying to conserve energy. The way the snow and the warm weather is can really wear you out. Being conservative on the course paid off and I was able to move up a couple spots. Overall it was a good strategy and I stuck with the game plan I wanted.
Hopefully I'll have a little bit better jumping tomorrow. It's going to be a little bit longer race [15k] so it will be more important to conserve energy in the first few laps and put it down in the last 5k.
Billy Demong Bryan did a really good job today. I also had a pretty good race and moved up about as high as I think I could. We know it's clear we need have to do a better job on the jump hill tomorrow and next summer as well.
Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach Billy and Bryan had a good race today. Taylor fell on the first lap and was trying to catch back up and that killed him.
Tomorrow is the 120th anniversary of nordic combined at Holmenkollen so they're doing a traditional format of two jumps and a 15k. It's kind of cool to do traditional format. We haven't done it in a long time. Tomorrow is the last day of the season and we always like competing in Oslo.