Tenacity defines Bryan Fletcher; not only is he a three-time World Championship competitor, but he's a cancer survivor as well. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
The USA finished eighth Sunday in the 4x5k nordic combined team event, highlighted by Ben Berend leading after the first round of jumping.
American Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) saw his medal hopes dashed just 200 meters from the finish when a crash took him out of medal contention.
Teams from all corners of the globe have been making their way to the popular nordic center where the championships open Wednesday evening with first competitions on Thursday.
Eleven athletes will represent the USA at the International Ski Federation's 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships this month in Lahti, Finland.
Bryan Fletcher put down a strong jump then skied through new snow to record a top 15 finish in Lahti.
Bryan Fletcher soaring to 22nd on the HS138 meter hill and followed up with a solid 10K race to finish ninth Sunday in Lillehammer, Norway.
Three Americans including Bryan and Taylor Fletcher plus Ben Berend will be in the starting lineup for the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup opener in Ruka.
After winning the annual Fourth of July nordic combined cup on Howelsen Hill, soon-to-be-dad Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) talked with Joel Reichenberger of Steamboat Today.
Bryan Fletcher posted the second-fasted cross country time to finish 12th at the FIS Nordic World Cup Nordic Combined in Kuopio, Finland Tuesday. Brother Taylor Fletcher was 25th.
Bryan Fletcher finished 15th Saturday in the King’s Cup, one of the most prestigious events on the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tour at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Bryan Fletcher plowed through heavy, wet snow to the fastest cross country time, finishing seventh in the Seefeld Triple.
Bryan Fletcher finished ninth in the second of three stages of the Seefeld Triple in Austria.
Bryan Fletcher set the pace for the USA finishing 20th in the opening round of the Seefeld Triple
Americans Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) finishing 19th and 20th as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup resumed at Chaux-Neuve.
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Bryan Fletcher has one of the more inspiring stories in skiing - a childhood cancer survivor. Since breaking onto the international nordic combined scene with a victory in the King’s Cup at Holmenkollen in 2012, Bryan Fletcher has established himself as one of the best combined skiers in the world.
Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age three, Fletcher underwent intensive chemotherapy, surviving a stroke before going into remission. The dust had barely settled before Fletcher went on a competitive tear, eventually vaulting into the world’s elite nordic combined athletes.
After his first World Cup win in 2012, the 2013 season proved to be a good one for Fletcher, who helped capture the USA’s first full-team nordic combined World Ski Championships medal in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Fletcher hit the 2015 season determined to continue his improvement and challenged for the lead at the World Championships in Falun, before finishing fifth. Despite narrowly missing out on the medal, he improved to a personal best seven top-10 finishes culminating with a 15th place in the FIS Overall World Cup Standings. With his continued improvement, look for Fletcher to be a contender in the years to come.
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