February 26th, 2012
Bryan Fletcher (USA) raced to a career-best fourth in Nordic Combined World Cup action in Liberec, Czech Republic on Sunday.
Fletcher, who sat in 6th after the jump finished 54 seconds behind winner Akito Watabe (JPN) and 27 seconds off the podium.
Jason Lamy Chapuis (FRA) was second, unable to overcome Watabe’s 26 second advantage after the jump. Lamy Chapuis, who leads the overall World Cup, but is being challenged by Watabe, was 18 seconds back.
Mario Stecher (AUT) was third.
Billy Demong (USA) had his second consecutive strong day on the tracks. On Saturday he posted the 2nd fastest time on his way to 10th overall, while today he was 5th fastest, placing 8th, 11 seconds behind Fletcher.
Taylor Fletcher also had a strong result, placing 20th on the strength of the 7th fastest ski time.
Johnny Spillane was 39th, Nick Hendrickson 44th and birthday boy Brett Denney 47th for the US.
Wesley Savill (CAN), the lone Canadian, placed 49th in the 50-skier field.