Taylor Fletcher (shown here racing at Soldier Hollow) came from behind for a top 10 finish in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve, France. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
CHAUX-NEUVE, France (Jan. 12) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) continued his torrid cross country skiing pace, coming back from 34th in the jump to finish tenth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve. Fletcher had the fasest cross country time as German Tino Edelmann took the win. Action continues on Sunday with a team sprint with brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher pairing up, as well as Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO).
Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) had the fastest cross country time moving up from 34th after jumping to finish tenth in a World Cup in Chaux-Neuve.
Germany's Tino Edelman took the win.
Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 29th with Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) 31st.
It was the second time this season Fletcher has posted the fastest cross country time.
Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) missed the cut in jump qualifying but will compete in Sunday's team sprint. Demong and Spillane will ski together as will Bryan and Taylor Fletcher.
Action continues in Chaux-Neuve Sunday with a two-man team sprint.
QUOTES Taylor Fletcher Today was a very good day all around. I had a great trial round jump and I wanted to keep the feelings and try to improve for the competition round. I have been having great jumps in training and I was just trying to be consistent. My competition jump was exactly how I have been training, so I couldn't have asked for more.
In the cross country portion I knew I needed to move up fast if I wanted to have a shot at the top ten and that is exactly what I did. I still have a lot to learn in cross country even though I had the fastest time. I surely went out too hard. If I learn how to pace better I can ski faster later in the race and put myself in great positions for greater results.
Dave Jarrett, Head Nordic Combined Coach
All good for Taylor today. He is skiing fast and his comp jump was great. Bryan was just a bit off on the hill but he is close. Todd was better too. It will be nice have all five in the comp too at some point!