Taylor Fast on Skis in Lillehammer
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 6, 2015) - Angered by a 42nd in ski jumping, Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) went out hard and set the fastest cross country time to finish 13th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Norway's Magnus Krog took the win over World Cup leader Fabian Riessle of Germany. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) finished 30th.
It was a tough day for the USA on the jump hill with Taylor Fletcher leading the USA in 42nd with an 88.0 meter ride, putting him a minute, 57 seconds back at the start. He closed the gap to within 33 seconds at the finish of the 10k, after dancing into the top 10 during the latter stages of the race.
"I actually had a really good jump and it should of gone farther but I didn't fly after the take off well at all," said Taylor Fletcher. "I was not pulling, causing me to lose speed and height and valuable meters. What was 88 meters really should of been past 90. That happens to everyone so I put it past me as I wasn't in a terrible position.
While the World Cup takes a one week break, eyes will turn to a three-event Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow in Utah.
"I am looking forward to going back to Park City for the Continental Cup to get more spots for World Cup," said Taylor Fletcher. "It will give me a chance to focus on my jumping on a more technical level but also put some pressure on myself to perform!"
- Taylor Fletcher led the USA in 13th, setting the fastest cross country time.
- Norway's Magnus Krog took the win over World Cup leader Fabian Riessle.
- Bryan Fletcher was 30th, Adam Loomis 43rd and Jasper Good 47th in his World Cup debut.
- The tour now takes a one week break, with action shifting to a Continental Cup next weekend in Utah.
The jumping was our first normal competition all year and only our second competition jump. I actually had a really good jump and it should of gone farther but I didn't fly after the take off well at all! I was not pulling causing me to lose speed and height and valuable meters. What was 88 meters really should of been past 90. That happens to everyone so I put it past me as I wasn't in a terrible position.
Dave Jarrett, Head Coach
It was tricky jumping this morning for sure. Bryan was unlucky as the conditions when he was set to go were too good and they took him off the bar twice. When he flinally got the green the conditions were significantly worse. He had a pretty good jump nontheless but the speed was set for headwind. Bryan was having a good race as well but fell on the third lap on a very icy course and lost quite a few places.
Individual Gundersen 10k