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Rydzek Wins; Bryan Fletcher 12th with Second-Fastest Time in Kuopio

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Bryan Fletcher racing to 36th at last weekend's Nordic Combined World Cup in Lahti, Finland. On Tuesday, he finished 12th in Kuopio, Finland. (Photo: JoJo Baldus)

Bryan Fletcher racing to 36th at last weekend’s Nordic Combined World Cup in Lahti, Finland. On Tuesday, he finished 12th in Kuopio, Finland. (Photo: JoJo Baldus)

On Tuesday, Nordic Combined filled what had been a 15-year void in Kuopio, Finland — it’s been that long since the venue hosted a World Cup event. The large hill/10 k Gundersen was a one-day affair slotted in between last weekend’s racing in Lahti, Finland, and this upcoming weekend’s three-day series in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Off the 127-meter jump, Japan’s Akito Watabe took the top jumping position, scoring 127.7 points. Håvard Klemetsen from Norway followed in second with 125.7 points, and German Manuel Faisst jumped to third with 121.2 points.

Improving on his jumping, U.S. Nordic Combined’s Bryan Fletcher scored 102 points, for 18th. Teammate Ben Berend jumped to 29th (93.5 points), and Taylor Fletcher 34th (86.2 points).

From the start, the ski race featured Watabe getting reeled in by former World Champion, German Johannes Rydzek. Having settled for fifth in the jump, and starting 34 seconds behind Watabe, Rydzek systematically closed the time gap around halfway through the ski. It was a Watabe-Rydzek sprint for the win, with Ryzdek taking the victory in 23:59.6.

Watabe placed second (+6.2), and Austria’s Wilhelm Denifl placed third (+35.4). World Cup overall leader, Eric Frenzel of Germany, placed seventh (+40.9).

Bryan Fletcher skied the second fastest time of the day, moving up six spots after the jump to finish 12th overall (+43.8). Taylor, with the fourth-fastest ski time, placed 25th (+156.5) while Berend finished 36th.

In an USSA press release, Bryan Fletcher said he was satisfied with his jump, which positioned him toward the front of the pack.

“Kuopio was a close one,” Bryan Fletcher said. “I jumped a lot better than last weekend and I was able to put myself in the race. The course was narrow and the pack was big, which made it a very tactical race. Coming into the final kilometers I had the legs to go but not the room to go. Ultimately it came down to a tough sprint for the line. After last weekend I am happy to be 12th, but I was hoping for a little more.”

Racing continues Friday in Val di Fiemme, Italy, before the final World Cup in Schonach, Germany, March 4-6.

Jumping results | Final results

— Jason Albert

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.

Results

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

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.

Results