Nordic Programs

Fletcher Sixth in Triple Prologue

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2014-01-17 11:09
 

SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 17) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) took the top spot for the USA in sixth during the prologue of the first-ever nordic combined triple FIS World Cup Friday. The prologue featured a single jump and a 5k cross country race, where Eric Frenzel of Germany took the victory. Veteran Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) skied into eighth place behind Fletcher, after they both jumped into the top 20. The Seefeld Triple continues Saturday, when the top 50 athletes compete in a 10k individual Gundersen.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) took the top spot for the USA in sixth during the prologue of the first-ever nordic combined triple FIS World Cup Friday.
  • The brand-new format features three days in a row of nordic combined events, starting with the prologue, which featured a single jump and a 5k cross country race. The top 50 then advance to a 10k individual Gundersen Saturday, followed by the top 30 to a two-jump 15k Gundersen on Sunday for the finale.
  • Eric Frenzel of Germany took the victory Friday with Norwegian Magnus Moan in second and German Tino Edelmann in third.
  • Veteran Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) skied into eighth place behind Fletcher, after they both jumped into 11th and 17th respectively, starting 49 and 54 seconds back.
  • The margins were tight in the 5k with 19 athletes starting less than a minute back from jump leader Haavard Klemetsen of Norway.
  • Demong put forth a strong, quick race, taking the 12th fastest time despite skiing a majority of the 5k with a broken pole, proving his experience and tenacity on the World Cup stage.
  • Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney (both of Steamboat Springs, CO) also competed Friday, but finished 56th and 63rd and will not be advancing to the next stage.
  • The Seefeld Triple continues Saturday, when the top 50 athletes compete in a 10k individual Gundersen.

QUOTES
Bryan Fletcher
Today was a good start to the Triple. With the event having three successive days of competition, it was really important to set myself up right on the first day as each day the races will get harder. The field will be tight and at this point it's still anyone’s game. I have been putting in a lot of work to pick up my jumping over the last couple weeks and today it paid off. I will be continuing my hard work and hopefully I can keep this level for the rest of the season.  

I was also really excited to have Billy (Demong) right behind me today. Even with a broken pole he had a great performance, and it's always nice to have a friend/teammate out there on course with you!

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