Nordic combined team places seventh |

Nordic combined team places seventh

The last time the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team took to the snow in a World Championship team relay event, it came away with a bronze medal.

It couldn’t follow up that success Sunday racing in the four-man team relay event at the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

The U.S. wasn’t sharp on the jumping hill and wasn’t fast in the 20-kilometer cross country ski race and finished seventh, 2 minutes, 37.8 seconds behind the Germans, who won their second gold medal of these championships.

The Germans took control on the second leg when Eric Frenzel broke away from a large lead pack. His teammates held on for the next 10 kilometers, and they ended with a comfortable lead.

The Norwegians were second and the French third.

The United States started eighth of the 10 competing teams, 1:39 behind the leader, and quickly moved up a spot when Bryan Fletcher, racing the first 5K leg, passed the Czech Republic team. Taylor Fletcher was next and got within 1:12 of the leaders, catching the Italian team.

That was as close as the Americans got.

Adam Loomis took the third leg, finishing 1:36 off the lead and losing contact with the Italians in the final stretch. Billy Demong was the team’s anchor leg, and he lost more time.

The skiers now have a small break before returning to action Thursday with the individual large hill Nordic combined competition. The team will wrap up its World Championships Saturday with a two-man team competition.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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