Taylor Fletcher (shown here jumping last week in France) soared to 28th in the jump and had the fastest cross country time to finish a career best fifth. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom)
SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 19) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored the fastest cross country clocking for the third time this season posting a personal best fifth overall in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup on the Olympic trails of Seefeld. Fletcher moved up from 28th in the jump to finish just two seconds away from the podium. Another combined World Cup is on tap for Sunday.
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) clocked the fastest cross country time once again to finish a career best fifth in Seefeld.
Fletcher jumped to 28th and moved up steadily through the 10k cross country leg as Germany's Eric Frenzel got the victory.
Brother Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 24th with Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) 28th.
It was the first time Taylor Fletcher has been inside the top 10 in a World Cup, He moved steadily and patiently through the field with a strong finishing push to solidify his top five spot.
Taylor and company get another shot Sunday with a second World Cup at the 1976 Olympic venue.
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Head Nordic Combined Coach Great day for Tay. Fighting for the podium in the final stretch. He was solid on the hill and awesome on the course. He raced smart the whole time and the fact that he reeled in Mikko (Kokslien) and Magnus (Moan) was awesome. He has more to come as well.