Top 10 for Bryan Fletcher |

Top 10 for Bryan Fletcher

USSA News Bureau,

SCHONACH, Germany — Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) skied to another top-10 finish, placing ninth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach, Germany.

His brother, Taylor, was 24th as Lukas Klapfer of Austria took the win over Aikito Watabe of Japan by a second. It was Fletcher’s ninth top-10. He picked up his eighth in Lillehammer a month ago.

Jumping continued to improve for the U.S. athletes, with Bryan Fletcher in 33rd, putting him one minute, 25 seconds back at the start of cross country. It was a strong launching pad for the move up in cross country, with Norway’s Mikko Kokslien and Italy’s Alesandro Pittin just behind him. Fletcher rode the wave with Kokslien and Pittin, advancing quickly through the field and into a strong position in a chase group behind the leaders. Fletcher posted the third-fastest cross-country time, just 14 seconds behind the leader. Brother Taylor was second-fastest in cross country with Bryan third. Junior Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) finished 44th overall in his World Cup debut after jumping to an impressive 28th.

"The comp today was a hard one," said Bryan Fletcher. "The rains yesterday made the conditions today on the cross-country course very difficult. It was very soft in places, hard in others and tons of death cookie ice balls on some of the hills made the cross-country portion a leg burner. After the jumping I was in a good spot with strong guys around me. I knew that there was potential to move up a lot in the cross country. I felt like I skied a great race, posting the third-fastest time and was very happy to add another top-10 to my results sheet this season."

The tour now heads to France for a pair of competitions in Chaux-Neuve next weekend.