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)
Taylor Fletcher, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, earned the top spot for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team Saturday when he finished 22nd at the Holmenkollen individual 10k Gundersen World Cup.
U.S. Nordic veteran Billy Demong, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, charged from behind to finish 10th in the individual 10k Gundersen World Cup on Thursday in Trondheim, Norway.
Brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher combined their efforts Saturday to finish 14th in the team sprint HS130/2x7.5k World Cup at the Lahti Ski Games.
Todd Lodwick and Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Taylor Fletcher skied into the top spot for the USA in 20th during the cross country portion of the individual Gundersen 10k event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA in 24th during Wednesday’s individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three nordic combined events of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Four athletes, including reigning Olympic Champion Billy Demong, were nominated today to the 014 U.S. Olympic team in nordic combined. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Bryan Fletcher and Billy Demong, both seen here at U.S. Olympic Trials, battled for the lead throughout the team sprint but eventually settled for seventh Sunday in the FIS World Cup nordic combined team event in Chaux Neuve, France.
Taylor Fletcher, seen here at 2013 World Championships, skied another impressive race Sunday, earning the fastest time of the day for the second day in a row and finishing sixth in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaikovski.
Taylor Fletcher posted the fastest time of the day Saturday, skiing an incredible 38 seconds faster than any other athlete and finishing sixth in the Chaikovski nordic combined.
Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong and Taylor Fletcher finished up training Friday on the cross country track in preparation of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
How will the athletes of the USSA be celebrating the holidays this year? Some, including the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, will be preparing for Olympic Trials. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Top U.S. nordic combined and ski jumping athletes are set to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team this Saturday and Sunday when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
Bryan Fletcher (seen here at World Championships) posted the third-fastest time of the day to move up from 26th to finish ninth in Sunday’s World Cup in Schonach, Germany.
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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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