Bryan Fletcher led the USA at the snowy Ruka nordic opener.
KUUSAMO, Finland (Nov. 25) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the U.S. Ski Team finishing 18th in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Kuusamo. Fletcher jumped to 11th but dropped back seven spots in cross country. Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY), meanwhile, moved up nine spots from 29th in the jump to take 20th overall. Norwegian Magus Krog picked up his first World Cup win. Action continues Saturday at the Ruka nordic venue.
QUOTES Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett It was a solid day for Bryan. He had a good comp jump but started a little too fast in the race and lost some places on the last lap. Overall a solid start to the season for him.
Taylor [Fletcher] was really good on the cross country course and didn't jump too badly technically.
It was a very mentally challenging day on the hill. It was very windy and you had to really be tough upstairs. We are psyched to be started and looking forward to tomorrow.