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Fletcher, Lodwick grab strong finishes in Norway

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Bryan Fletcher admitted things haven’t been quite dialed in early in the World Cup season for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, but Fletcher helped reverse those fortunes some on Sunday. He led a charge of Steamboat Springs skiers, surging to finish 10th at a World Cup event in Lillehammer, Norway.

Steamboat’s Todd Lodwick was right on his tail, in 11th place, making for the two best results for U.S. skiers this season.

“The cross-country racing for me this weekend was great,” said Fletcher, who shot from 26th after the ski jump to his first top 10 individual finish of the season and the 11th of his career.

“I was definitely happy I was able to ski so well out there and turn a mediocre jump into a great competition,” he said.

Fletcher recorded the day’s fifth fastest ski time on the 10-kilometer course.

The result was perhaps even more meaningful for Lodwick, who recorded his best individual World Cup finish since 2011.

He started the skiing portion of the race in 16th place and had the 13th fastest time to move up five spots.

Two other members of the U.S. team couldn’t follow up on what had been progress Saturday. Billy Demong was disqualified after forgetting his bib, his second disqualification in three individual World Cup events this season. He finished 19th on Saturday. Taylor Fletcher, meanwhile, didn’t jump well enough to qualify for Sunday’s event after finishing 22nd.

Jumping issues have plagued the team early this season, but the team is confident it has a handle on it.

“We were caught off guard in Kuusamo,” Bryan Fletcher said about the World Cup’s first weekend. “We were so prepared to ski we overlooked a few little things and that caused big problems. We had some work to do, but we all thought better to get our kinks out now rather than two months from now. As you saw this weekend, everyone made improvements in some way or another. Those will continue into the next competitions.

“The kinks are not all out yet but we will keep our heads down working hard.”


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