March 3rd, 2012
Jan Schmid of Norway tallied his second Nordic Combined World Cup victory of the season in Lahti, Finland, on Saturday, the third-last event on the circuit this year.
Schmid skied the seventh-fastest 10 k after placing 12th in the jumping portion. Tino Edelmann (GER) was second by 4.3 seconds after starting in second, but fell to 21st in the race. Another German, Johannes Rydzek notched his first podium of the season in third.
American Bryan Fletcher finished seventh (+16.5), missing the podium by about 11 seconds. He was coming off the fourth-best jump and ranked 20th in the ski.
“Close to the Podium again today,” Fletcher tweeted after the race. “I need to work on my strategy… Two more shots next week!”
Taylor Fletcher was 26th (+1:51.4) with the 15th-fastest race split, and Nick Hendrickson finished 50th for the U.S.
The final weekend of competition kicks off March 9-10 in Oslo, Norway.