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The U.S. Ski Team’s Bryan Fletcher finished out competition at the Seefeld Triple in Austria last weekend by finishing ninth in the normal hill 15 k competition, and started things off on just the same foot in Sapporo, Japan, on Friday by placing ninth again in the large hill 10 k.

Eric Frenzel of Germany picked up the win, extending his already giant lead in the overall World Cup standings over teammate Fabian Riessle. Jan Schmid and Haavard Klemetsen of Norway finished second and third, 5.0 and 15.7 seconds behind Frenzel, respectively.

Fletcher racked up the eighth best jump, flying 100.6 meters. He started the cross country portion 57 seconds behind jump leader Yoshito Watabe of Japan, and along with several others, caught Watabe. Fletcher led the pack for a few kilometers until Frenzel and Schmid made a break for it. Fletcher finished in a pack with seven other racers fighting for fourth place. He ended up 25.2 seconds back.

“Today was an opportunity to go for it,” said Fletcher in a U.S. Ski Team press release. “I jumped well and skied my race well, laying it all on the line. Unfortunately it just didn’t work out. I blew up with just about one kilometer to go. I led most of the race and ultimately that was what cost me the podium. With the strong chasers coming from the back someone had to be the work horse.”

His brother Taylor finished 22nd, moving up from 36th after the jump. Adam Loomis also moved up in the cross country portion, skiing up to 28th place from 33rd.




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