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Frenzel Takes World Cup Lead with Lillehammer Win; U.S. Notches 10th and 11th (Updated)

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Second heading into the Sunday’s 10-kilometer race on the final day of the World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, Germany’s Eric Frenzel took control and won in 29:27.7, beating his competition by nearly a minute on a snowy afternoon.

Norway’s Magnus Krog placed second, 52 seconds back, and Akito Watabe reached the podium for the second-straight day in third (+52.6).

“It was a race how you want it; I am pleased that I have the yellow jersey again,” Frenzel told Sueddeutsche.de, according to a translation. “I had to give it a day, but [I] fought back.”

Coming off his first World Cup win this season at last weekend’s opener in Kuusamo, Finland, Frenzel placed 10th in Lillehammer on Saturday. Sunday’s win, the 11th of his career, put him back on top of the overall World Cup rankings.

Skiing the fifth-fastest 10 k behind Frenzel, whose time ranked fourth, Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. in 10th — an improvement from finishing 16th on Saturday. He finished 1:44.3 minutes behind Frenzel after starting 26th.

“The race went about as well as I could have asked for,” Fletcher wrote in an email. “Looking at the start list I was thinking to myself if I have a good race, I could finish top 10 realistically I was thinking I would be happy with just a good race no matter what place. … This weekend I was able to make solid steps to get back on track to where I need to be.  I was really happy to be back in the game and I am excited for the weeks to come!”

Fletcher’s teammate Todd Lodwick was 7.9 seconds behind in 11th after posting the 16th-best jump and skiing the 13th-fastest time. For Lodwick, it was his best World Cup result in nearly three years.

Billy Demong suffered his second disqualification in two weekends of racing. “… forgot my bib. 2x too many for one career. I think @fisnc should keep a couple spares at the top and just fine instead,” Demong tweeted.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lamy Chappuis Picks Off the Places to Win World Championships Opener

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis (c) outlunges Austria’s Mario Stecher (l) for gold and Bjorn Kircheisen of Germany, who was third in the individual normal hill/10 k on Friday at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — After jumping to 11th on the first day of the Nordic Combined FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Predazzo, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France knew starting 1:13 minutes back in the 10-kilometer Gundersen that he could fight for the podium if everything went right Friday. The defending champion from 2011 World Championships in Oslo, Norway, he saw no reason why he shouldn’t fight for it again.

But gold? That was unexpected.

“I can’t believe it because after the jumping part, I was quite disappointed and I knew I had to do an awesome race to come back,” Lamy Chappuis told reporters after edging Austria’s Mario Stecher, who started second, by 0.2 seconds for the win. “I knew I could do probably a podium if I had a great race, but first place I couldn’t believe it.”

In a photo finish for second, Stecher edged Germany’s Björn Kircheilsen, who skied the second-fastest time at the Lago di Tesero cross-country stadium to rise from 12th to third overall. Also for Germany, Eric Frenzel was fourth (+0.5) after starting sixth, 0.41 seconds behind Norway’s Haavard Klemetsen. First in the jump with a distance of 103.5 meters on the 106-meter normal hill, Klemetsen ended up fifth overall (+16.2).

“We didn’t know until a few meters before the finish line who was going to win,” Lamy Chappuis recalled. “I saw Eric Frenzel really strong, then he collapsed a little bit earlier. I could push as hard as I could and I saw behind me they weren’t coming back, but it was a really long sprint to the finish line. I felt like I never could make it to the end.”

Leading the Americans in 14th, Bryan Fletcher improved from a 19th-place finish in the jump. He started 1:41 after Klemetsen and finished 1:01.2 behind the winner. Billy Demong rose to 23rd (+1:31.6) from 47th after starting nearly three minutes back and skiing the third-fastest 10 k. Taylor Fletcher was 25th for the U.S. after ranking 45th in the jump and racing to the ninth-fastest time, and Todd Lodwick was 32nd after starting in 30th.

“For Bryan it was a good day,” U.S. head coach Dave Jarrett said. “He skied well. Jumping-wise, we know he’s way better and he could’ve been up there with the others, but it was a hard day on the jumping hill, really low speed, really windy. It’s encouraging for Bryan, Bill and Taylor to have pretty much a sub-par jumping performance and be kind of in there, but we still need to improve on the jumping side to be fighting for the podium.”

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Germany Wins Team Event, U.S. 7th

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Germany demonstrated their strength in depth Sunday in Sochi, Russia, winning the men’s HS140/4×5 k team event by a commanding margin of 2.7 seconds over the second placed French team.

The German team consisted of Johannes Rydzek, Björn Kircheisen, Manuel Faisst and Eric Frenzel.  Frenzel had to subdue the charge of Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis, a close rival in the overall Nordic Combined standings.

Manuel Faisst (GER), started off proceedings with a strong first leg which allowed subsequent runners Johannes Rydzek (GER) and Björn Kircheisen (GER) to set up Frenzel for the expectant showdown of Frenzel and Chappuis (FRA).

Frenzel precluded any late heroics by Chappuis by skiing away from his rival; Germany finished in a time of 51:23.3.

Austria completed the podium, trailing in in a time of 51:32.6, 9.3 seconds behind the winning time of Germany.

The United States skied to a seventh-place finish in a time of 53:14.2, 1:51.1 behind Germany.

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Gruber Denies Frenzel, Taylor Fletcher surges to 5th in Sochi

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Bernhard Gruber (AUT) interrupted Eric Frenzel‘s lavish run of recent form to take the win earlier today in Sochi, Russia.  Gruber jumped well through tough, foggy conditions, beginning the skating portion of the Gunderson HS 140/10km competition in 2nd place.  He quickly overtook compatriot Mario Seidl (AUT), a diminutive 20 year old that destoryed the field away in the jumping but lacks skiing speed.  Gruber finished in a combined time of 28:19.7.

Frenzel (GER), had a less auspicious jump (5th), but showed strong skiing form, though it wasn’t enough to overtake Gruber (AUT).  Frenzel notched a second place finish in 28:33.8, 14.1 seconds in arreas.

Wilhelm Denifl (AUS) posted a 3rd place finish after a 4th place jump.  He held off a strong challenge from Taiei Kato (JAP) to finish in 28:35.2, a mere 0.3 seconds ahead of the Japanese.

A few seconds later Taylor Fletcher (USA) broke the line for a 5th place finish.  Of the top  5 finishers his result is notable in that he overcame a large deficit after jumping 15th.  Taylor was just 18.2 seconds behind winner Gruber (AUT), finishing in 28:37.9.

Brother and countryman Bryan Fletcher (USA) finished farther back in 15th after a promising 10th place jump.  He posted a time of 29:24.6.

Bill Demong (USA) also tested out the Olympic venue, finishing 28th in 31:05.3.

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Nordic Combined action continues with the Team HS140/4x5km competition Sunday.

Frenzel Claims Yet Another Victory; Bryan Fletcher Delivers Again

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

At the moment, no one can touch Eric Frenzel (GER) when he’s on form.

Frenzel (GER) took his 4th straight victory in Klingenthal, Germany today, this time in the penalty race.  The german finished in 23:21.1, 22.4 seconds ahead of country man Tino Edelmann (GER).  Frenzel (GER) performance was superior, jumping to a first place finish and then steadily extending his lead in the 10km ski race

Perhaps on the strength of home advantage, the Germans swept the podium, with third place secured by Johannes Rydzek (GER) in a time of 23:55.5.

Brian Fletcher (USA) returned another strong performance, finishing in 8th place after a 7th placed jump.  He finished in a time of 24.02.5.

Teammate Bill Demong (USA) improved upon his performance yesterday, finishing the Penalty race in 12th place after a last place jump.  He crossed the line in 24:45.4

No other Americans qualified for the skiing competition.

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Frenzel Imperious, Bryan Fletcher Top US finish

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Eric Frenzel (GER) skied to his third victory in a week, this time in his home stadium in Klingenthal, Germany.  His form has finally arrived, and with it, success.

Frenzel won the ski jumping competition and began the cross country ski race in the first bib.  He would not relinquish his advantage for the duration of the 10km race, crossing the finish line with a comfortable 10.4 second margin ahead of countryman Tino Eldelmann (GER).  Frenzel finished with a total time of 23:13.8.

Third place honors went to Wilhelm Denifl (GER), who showed strong skiing form after a 6th place jump.  He finished in 23:20.

Bryan Fletcher delivered the best US performance on the day, finishing an encouraging 6th place after a 15th place jump; his time was 24:07.8, 54 seconds behind winner Eric Frenzel (GER)

Brother Taylor Fletcher was the next best US finisher; he secured a 17th placed position after a 34th placed jump in a time of 24.49.2.

Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong also took part today, capturing 22nd and 29th place respectively.

Nordic Combined action continues tomorrow with the Penalty Race 140HS/10km competition.

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