Taylor Fletcher’s career really took flight this year, as he found himself on the podium at the World Ski Championships and on the World Cup circuit. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
World Championship bronze medalist Bryan Fletcher moved up from 36th to finish 16th during the 10k cross country portion of the individual nordic combined World Cup on Saturday.
The Utah Olympic Park ski jumps led the world opening Tuesday, Nov. 12.
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Every Olympic year, the U.S. Olympic Committee holds Media Summit, an event where media from around the world can hear from all of the top American athletes in one place. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/USSA)
Taylor Fletcher, this month's featured athlete, finished the 2012-13 season with the highest ranking of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team and now is preparing for Sochi. (Photo: Sarah Brunson)
Taylor Fletcher moved up from 23rd to11th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup season finale at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
Taylor Fletcher posted the fastest cross country leg and placed fifth, skiing up from 23rd, in the large hill combined event in Oslo.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher moved up to finish seventh in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team sprint at the Lahti Ski Games.
Bryan Fletcher finished seventh in the individual nordic combined event, while brother Taylor Fletcher moved up from 34th to finish 19th.
Taylor Fletcher and Billy Demong moved the U.S. Nordic Combined Team up from 10th to sixth in the team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Billy Demong led the USA finishing 15th in the large hill nordic combined event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Veteran Billy Demong anchored a solid full team performance to lead the USA to bronze in the nordic combined team event at the World Champs.
Bryan Fletcher moves up to 14th in the nordic combined in Val di Fiemme at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The USA battled with the best most of the race before finishing seventh in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup on the Sochi venue.
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While it’s impossible not to reference Taylor Fletcher as the little brother of U.S. teammate Bryan Fletcher, the younger Fletcher is quickly making a name for himself in nordic combined. A strong cross country skier, Fletcher has the ability to separate himself from the field early and rack up results.
If 2013 is any indication of Fletcher’s skill and potential, the nordic combined world needs to be on notice. The Steamboat Springs native earned his first World Cup podium and then went on to earn his first team World Ski Championships medal with a bronze at Val di Fiemme, Italy. In addition, Fletcher started the 2012-13 World Cup circuit by posting the fastest time in the season’s opening race, showing his prowess in cross country.
Fletcher’s 16th-place finish in the overall World Cup standings ranks him highest among U.S. men in 2013, a number he hopes will rise steadily as the competitive seasons roll on.
Fletcher’s 2013 success followed a great 2012 season, which saw him grab six Continental Cup podiums in seven tries and score points in most of the year’s World Cups. He also finished 12th at Junior Worlds in 2009 and was part of the Olympic squad in 2010, competing in both nordic combined and ski jumping.
This year I accomplished almost all of my goals I set at the beginning of the season. By earning my first team, individual and World Championship podiums, I took a giant step, one that motivates me going into next season. I can’t wait to get into training so I can focus on my childhood dream of earning an Olympic medal. I know I still have a lot of work to do, but I look forward to that work and a chance to stand on top of the world.
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