Taylor Fletcher (shown here racing at Soldier Hollow) posted the fastest cross country time to move up from 46th to 30th. (U.S. Ski Team/Tom Kelly)
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Nov. 24) - Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) put on an impressive display on the cross country trails to move up from 40th after the jump to lead the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team in 24th at the season opening FIS World Cup in Lillehammer. Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 30th but posted the fastest cross country time.
Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied up from 40th after the jump to finish 24th in the season opening FIS World Cup on the 100 meter normal hill in Lillehammer. He had the ninth fastest cross country time.
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 30th. Brother Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the USA on the jumps in 20th, but faded in cross country to finish 38th.
Taylor Fletcher, 46th in the jump, set a blistering cross country pace - fastest on the day.
The World Cup moves up to the large hill in Lillehammer for a penalty race format Sunday. In the format the jump leader gets a 10 second head start over the field. Remaining athletes must ski short penalty laps based on their points back from the jump.
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach The jumping was OK for Bryan and Todd but we know they are capable of more - no question. We're are all very happy with Todd's cross country race. It will help him to know he is fit which in turn will help on the hill. The good news is Taylor actually jumped pretty well yesterday and today wasn't his average. Taylor knows he is one of the fastest guys (in cross country) and today he proved it.