Nordic Programs

Fletcher Fifth in Seefeld Finale

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2014-01-19 10:14
 

SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 19) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied into the top five Saturday during the 15k finale of the first-ever FIS World Cup Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld. The triple featured three-straight days of events culminating in Sunday’s two-jump 15k finale, where the top 30 ranked athletes competed after advancing from the previous two stages. German skier Eric Frenzel took the victory, winning all three stages of the Seefeld Triple. Sunday’s event closed the U.S. Olympic selection period with team nominations to be announced Wednesday Jan. 22.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied into the top five Saturday during the 15k finale of the first-ever FIS World Cup Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld.
  • The triple featured three-straight days of events culminating in Sunday’s two-jump 15k finale, where the top 30 ranked athletes competed after advancing from the previous two stages.
  • Fletcher started the 15k two minutes back in seventh after the two jumps but was able to move up into fifth.
  • Veteran Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) reeled in the third-fastest time of the day, finishing 11th after jumping into 22nd.
  • German skier Eric Frenzel took the victory, winning all three stages of the Seefeld Triple.
  • Sunday’s event closed the U.S. Olympic selection period with team nominations to be announced Wednesday Jan. 22.
  • Next, the athletes go to Oberstdorf, Germany for the last two World Cup events Jan. 25-26 before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

QUOTES
Bryan Fletcher
Both Bill and I are pretty tired after today, but I think both he and I have showed pretty well that with three races we only got stronger each day. So, it’s just kind of proof of our training and everything that we’ve been doing. I definitely like doing the three-race format. I think it was cool and allowed us to take advantage of us skiing well this weekend.

Billy Demong
Today’s 15k event was cool because we haven’t done a 15k in a while and certainly you can see how it separates the field in quite a different way than the normal 10k. Those two extra laps really seem to throw a wrench in some of the guys and give skiers like Bryan and I a chance to move up further. So it was fun. I enjoyed it.

It’s kind of a fun twist from the normal cut-and-dry format and to do it once a year is pretty cool. It kind of has a sense of urgency with something new and different and something cumulative.

Eric Frenzel showed that he was super dominant this weekend and he was really consistent with both his jumps and his races, so it maybe made the results seem a little more stretched out than they would have normally been. But overall the weekend was fairly tight. There was still some jostling around for the overall. Even today Bryan was right behind the podium and it just showed that over the course of the weekend you need to be consistent. You can’t give up any big errors in the jumps or any of the races. I think for me, I had a couple of good jumps and a couple of not-so-good jumps and that put me in a position to still be gunning for the top ten. 

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