Fletchers pair finishes 9th in final World Championships event
Steamboat Springs — The United States Nordic combined pair of brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher couldn’t grab some podium magic Saturday in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships closing event — the team sprint.
Bryan Fletcher was coming off a podium finish in last Thursday’s large-hill/10K competition, but the Steamboat Springs duo fell to the back half of the pack against the world’s best Nordic combined pairs.
The Fletchers ranked 10th out of 12 teams in the large hill ski jumping portion, and despite a typically strong cross country skiing section — recording the day’s fifth-best combined time — they were only able to gain one position to finish ninth overall.
Bryan Fletcher took the opening leg of the back-to-back 7.5-kilometer sprints and finished in 19:11.8. Taylor Fletcher had a nearly identical time to his brother on course, crossing in 19:15.7, about 2 minutes off the top-placing French squad of Francois Braud and Jason Lamy Chappuis.
The German squad of Eric Frenzel and Johannes Rydzek took second, less than three seconds away from gold. Norwegians Magnus Moan and Haavard Klemetsen took bronze.
It’s a bit of a quick turnaround for the Americans, who now focus their attention back to the season’s final World Cup competitions.
“I am on Finnish soil, the championships are a wrap, and I am excited to return to World Cup competitions for the next two weeks,” Bryan Fletcher tweeted out from his Twitter account, @SkiFletch.
The first competition is a large hill/10K in Lahti, Finland, Friday. The Following week, the athletes will be in Trondheim, Norway, and Oslo, Norway.
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