Nordic combined skiers shine at Grand Prix
Steamboat Springs — Taylor Fletcher chalked up a career-best finish in Germany on Friday as a contingent of younger skiers led the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team at the final two events of the summer Nordic Combined Grand Prix in Oberwiesenthal.
Taylor Fletcher led the U.S. team with a 14th-place finish in the event won by Norway’s Magnus Moan. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek was second, nine seconds behind the winner, and fellow German skier Eric Frenzel was third.
Fletcher finished in a time of 29 minutes, 54.70 seconds. Bryan Fletcher finished 17th despite breaking a pole at a critical point in the race. Nick Hendrickson was 38th, and Brett Camerota did not finish the race.
On Saturday, Moan collected his second summer Grand Prix win by finishing six seconds ahead of Germany’s Rydzek, who again finished second. Dvorak Miroslav, of the Czech Republic, was third.
Camerota, of Park City, Utah, raced to a 16th-place finish to lead the Americans on Saturday. Hendrickson placed 21st, Bryan Fletcher was 24th and Taylor Fletcher was 25th.
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The 2010 summer Nordic Combined Grand Prix included four events. The first two took place in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Aug. 7 and 8 and were won by Germans Frenzel and Rydzek, respectively.
The top American finishes came from Bryan Fletcher, who was 19th in the opening event, and Camerota, who was ninth in the second event.
The Nordic combined skiers will be off until fall. The first World Cup of the season is scheduled for Kuusamo, Finland, on Nov. 26 and 27.
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