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Frenzel Wins NC World Cup in Lillehammer

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Eric Frenzel won Saturday’s Nordic Combined World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway. The German clocked an overall time of 25:01.9 and was joined by his teammate Fabian Riessle on the podium in second, 2.7 seconds back. Jan Schmid of Norway was third, 12.3 seconds behind.

The top North American finish was was the only North American finisher, Bryan Fletcher, who placed 34th and 154.6 seconds from Frenzel.

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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 Holds on for Lillehammer Win; Bryan Fletcher Leads U.S. in 16th

Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Saturday's winner, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France (c) on the podium with Japan's Akito Watabe (l) in second and Norway's Mikko Kokslien in third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

Saturday’s winner, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France (c) on the podium with Japan’s Akito Watabe (l) in second and Norway’s Mikko Kokslien in third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

Second in the jump at Saturday’s World Cup competition in Lillehammer, Norway, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France kept Japan’s Akito Watabe at bay in the 10 k, beating him by 13.5 seconds for his first win of the season in 26:45.2. Lamy Chappuis started the race behind teammate Francois Braud, first in the jump and ultimately sixth.

“I started with a really good jump; it’s always easier to start in front and to give your own pace,”  Lamy Chappuis told Eurosport. “We had a good pace with my teammate Francois Braud. It was really nice to be together at the front of the race. … I was a little bit afraid of the Norwegians at the end, but I stayed in front which was great. Akito started really fast, too.”

Watabe had the third-best jump and finished second. Mikko Kokslien of Norway placed third (+18.3) with the fastest 10 k time, coming back from 28th in the jump.

The Lillehammer World Cup nordic-combined venue early Saturday morning. (Photo: Billy Demong/Twitter)

The Lillehammer World Cup nordic-combined venue early Saturday morning. (Photo: Billy Demong/Twitter)

After failing to qualify for the individual competition last weekend in Kuusamo, Finland, the U.S. men’s team had two in the top 20. Bryan Fletcher placed 16th (36th in the jump, 11th in cross-country), and Billy Demong finished 19th (45th in the jump, ninth-fastest time).

In an email, Fletcher described challenging jumping conditions with high and variable winds, especially earlier in the round, after the provisional round was canceled.

“We were very lucky to be able to get a comp off and have a race,” he added. “The conditions on the XC course are awesome. I really like the new course it’s very challenging and has a fun rhythm to it.”

Saturday’s competition marked Fletcher’s second time jumping in new boots, so he focused on having “a good feeling and not trying to hard.”

His jump put him in a position where he needed to conserve initially in the 10 k to have some kick at the end.  “However once I got started the plan went out the window and I just hammered,” Fletcher wrote. “I payed for it at the end but over all I was very happy with my result!”

Demong wrote in an email that he had some good jumps in training throughout the week, giving him confidence for Saturday’s competition.

“I was able to go for it and I think today was something to build on!” he wrote, referring to his “average jump and average race.”

“I’m excited going forward,” Demong added.

Taylor Fletcher placed 22nd (53rd in the jump, eighth in cross-country), and Todd Lodwick was 34th (37th jump, 36th cross-country).

“Last weekend we had a tough go of a lot of things and we had some kinks to work out,” Bryan Fletcher explained. “We really used our days of training to work those kinks out and now I feel we are back on track. We are now just excited for more opportunities to keep climbing the results ladder.”

“Kuusamo has been tough for a lot of people but rarely a season definer,” Demong wrote. “We had a great week of training on the hills here and got our confidence back.”

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