Bryan Fletcher, shown here jumping at the Utah Olympic Park, soared to 11th in the jump and finished 14th overall in Kuusamo.
KUUSAMO, Finland (Dec. 1) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) had a strong jump to open the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Kuusamo, finishing 14th overall behind winner Jason Lamy Chappuis. Fletcher jumped to 11th and was in contention with the lead group in cross country before falling back on the final climb. A team sprint is set for Sunday with two U.S. Ski Team squads entered.
Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) jumped to 11th and finished 14th overall in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Kuusamo.
France's Jason Lamy Chappuis took the win.
Fletcher had a strong jump and was held with the podium pack most of the way in cross country.
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was disqualified for a jumping suit violation.
In the team sprint Sunday, Olympic medalists Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) will team up along with Team Fletcher - Bryan and Taylor Fletcher.
QUOTES Bryan Fletcher Today was a solid day. I was more concerned about my cross country race today than my jumping. I was able to hang tough but just didn't quite have the legs for the final attack into the finish. I feel confident they will come in the next few weeks. I still feel my shape is just starting to ramp up.
Going into tomorrow I am just looking to have some fun. It's not every day you get to compete in a World Cup team with your younger brother. I definitely am excited to share the experience with him. We are not expecting much in the results category but I feel like it's a good opportunity to practice going into Val di Fiemme (World Championships) and I think it will be more then anything a fun race!
Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach Bryan had a good day, he was close to the podium group in cross country with Jason (Lamy Chappuis) just off the front. The last climb up into the stadium was too much at the end for Bryan but all in all it was a good day.