Combined team ninth in final World Champs race |

Combined team ninth in final World Champs race

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— The U.S. relay team, with Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher, finished ninth Friday in Lahti, Finland, in the final Nordic combined event of the World Ski Championships.

The Steamboat Springs-born pair sat in 12th place in the 14-team field after the jump, then, each racing 7.5-kilometer legs, worked their way up three spots to finish ninth.

The team had the second-fastest ski time in the race, but was unable to make up much ground on the race’s lead pack.

The Germans, with Eric Frenzel and Johannes Rydzek, finished a gold-medal sweep of the championships, adding a win Friday to three other wins at the World Championships. Ryzdek, who anchored his country’s team, had a hand in winning all four gold medals, taking the two individual medals for himself, then helping his team win both relays.

Norway ended up in second place, one second back. Japan was third, 10.2 seconds off the pace.

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