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Lamy Chappuis Edges Frenzel in Oslo 15 k; Taylor Fletcher 11th

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Heading into the finish of Saturday’s 15 k at the individual World Cup in Oslo, Norway, one man stood between Germany’s Eric Frenzel and his second-straight victory of the weekend: Jason Lamy Chappuis.

After starting eighth, 1:16 back from Japanese leader Taihei Kato, who posted the best jump on the 134-meter large hill, Lamy Chappuis had come too far to settle for second. He ended up edging Frenzel by 0.4 seconds for the win, finishing in 42:06.5 with the sixth-fastest ski time.

Frenzel started third, 34 seconds back from Kato and 5 seconds behind Kato’s teammate Yoshito Watabe. The German ended up second, and Wilhelm Denifl of Austria was third, 1.5 seconds behind Lamy Chappuis.

Japan’s Akito Watabe was fourth (+5.1) and Kato finished fifth (+14.0).

For the second-consecutive race, American Taylor Fletcher posted the fastest ski time (39:52.9). Fletcher started 23rd and rose to 11th (+1:26.4). His older brother, Bryan Fletcher was 20th (+2:38.1) after starting 21st and skiing the 11th fastest time.






Frenzel Takes Victory at Holmenkollen; Fletcher Fifth

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Eric Frenzel (GER) took his seventh victory of the season on Friday in Oslo, Norway, for the opening competition of the weekend at the fabled Holmenkollen venue. He bested Japan’s Akito Watabe by 5.0 seconds after the 10 k Gundersen competition with a winning time of 26:11.5. Yoshito Watabe (JPN) was 22.2 seconds behind in third.

Taylor Fletcher led the Americans with a fifth-place finish at the end of the day after beginning the cross-country race in 23rd after the jump competition. He climbed back from a 1:31 deficit to finish 25.0 seconds down to Frenzel and posted the top course time by 17 seconds in the process. Bryan Fletcher was 11th (+59.6), Billy Demong finished 15th (+1:09.2) and Todd Lodwick was 37th (+3:08.0).


Germans dominate podium; US Men Finish 7th in Lahti, Finland

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Johannes Rydzek (GER) and Eric Frenzel (GER) claimed the Team Sprint HS 130/2×7.5km victory today in Lahti, Finland.

The German duo began the sprint course in first position after a commanding jumping performance.  Their winning time was 24:53.

France , consisting of Jason Lamy Chappuis and François Braud, held second position across the finish but were later disqualified because of an illegal passing violation.

This left the second podium spot to Germany’s second team, Tino Edelmann and Fabian Riessle), whom finished in a time of  25:15.7.

Norway, represented by Mikko Kokslien and Håvard Klemetsen, had been taken out of the medal hunt due to a piece of misfortune.  On the last lap before the finish Kokslien broke a pole and the battle for the podium spot was relinquished to the German second team.  After the disqualification of the French, the Norwegians were promoted to 3rd place, finishing in a time of 25:17.0

Behind the front runners a tight battle was waged for places between Austria I, Japan I, and Austria II, whom finished in 4th, 5th, and 6th places respectively.  The result was disappointing for both Japan I and Austria II, whom couldn’t capitalize on promising 2nd and 3rd starting positions.

The United States, represented by Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, skied to a 7th place finish, neither gaining or losing a place from their 8th place starting position (Given the disqualification of France).  They finished in a time of 25:48.6, 55.6 seconds out of the win.


After Frenzel, Japan Sweeps Second Through Fourth in Lahti

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Less than a week after the Nordic World Ski Championships ended in Italy, the Nordic Combined World Cup circuit resumed on Friday with a individual large hill/10 k in Lahti, Finland. German World Champion Eric Frenzel posted another dominating performance, placing fourth in the jump and rising to first overall. He finished the 10 k Gundersen in 24:48.2, 10.1 seconds ahead of Japanese runner-up Akito Watabe.

Japan had a strong day with three skiers in the top four. Taihei Kato was third (+12.9) after ranking second in the jump (behind Norway’s Haavard Klemetsen) and Yoshito Watabe placed fourth (+16.6) with the third-best jump.

Johannes Rydzek of Germany took fifth (+26.3) and Klemetsen was sixth (+29.6). Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. in seventh (+34.4) after notching seventh in the jumping portion. Taylor Fletcher rose from 34th to 19th with the second-fastest ski time behind Norwegian Jørgen Graabak, who ended up 17th.

The Lahti World Cup continues Saturday with the large hill/team sprint.




Lamy Chappuis Anchors France to Team Sprint Gold

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — With Austria’s Bernhard Gruber hot on his tail, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France broke away on the final leg of Saturdays 2 x 7.5 k team sprint to win by 16.6 seconds and bring home gold, his third in four competitions at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Ski Championships. After placing third in Thursday’s individual large hill/10 k, the medal was Lamy Chappuis’ fourth of the week.

The Frenchman teamed up with Sebastien LaCroix for the victory, and Austria took second with Wilhelm Denifl. The leader after jumping on the 134-meter hill in Predazzo, Germany’s Tino Edelmann and Eric Frenzel started first with a 12-second head start on Japan’s Taihei Kato and Akito Watabe. The Germans settled for bronze, 43.9 seconds back, after Edelmann crashed just after the second to last exchange.

Japan took fourth (+44.5), Norway (Magnus Moan/Mikko Kokslein) placed fifth (+1:03.3), and the U.S. (Taylor Fletcher/Billy Demong) was sixth (+1:24.6) after starting 1:40 back in 10th. The Americans skied the second-fastest race after France.

“I think we knew before the race that we didn’t jump as well as we’d hoped,” Demong told reporters. “Two minutes, it’s possible, but it’s not really up to us. … I think we had a solid race, but not enough to come back from two minutes. It’s just clear, we just need to be better on the ski jump, and luckily that’s probably easier than to be faster at cross-country skiing.”