Germans roll on at Nordic combined Worlds |

Germans roll on at Nordic combined Worlds

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— Germany’s dominance continued Wednesday at the Nordic Combined World Championships in Lahti, Finland, on what was a down day for the United States team.

Johannes Rydzek won his third World Ski Championship gold medal of the event, winning the large hill Nordic combined race by 4.8 seconds over Japan’s Akito Watabe. Francois Braud of France was third.

Rydzek also won an individual event last week and joined with his countrymen to win a team relay on Sunday. His three golds make for seven in his career and 10 overall championship medals.

Bryan Fletcher again led the Americans but was in 31st place. He wasn’t able to improve on his placing after the ski jump, starting the ski race 31st and finishing there.

Taylor Fletcher did make up some major ground in the ski race, finishing 36th after jumping to 51st place.

Ben Berend again had the team’s best jump. He started the race in 21st position and ended in 40th. Adam Loomis wrapped up the U.S. team’s results with a 44th-place finish after jumping to 45th.

The event was the last individual event of the championships. Racers will compete in another event off the large hill on Friday, then race in a two-man, 15K relay race.

The team will look to get back to form from the first individual event of the championships. There, Bryan Fletcher jumped into 16th and was racing for a medal midway through the race. He fell off that pace, but still was in contention for a top-10 finish. He slipped to the snow on one of the course’s last turns and slipped from contention for sixth, seventh or eighth to where he finished at 14th.

Taylor Fletcher was also much better that day, placing 21st.

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