Bryan Fletcher Wins U.S. Nordic Combined Championships
By Grant Johnson
LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 12) - Bryan Fletcher added another jewel to an already star-studded nordic combined career, winning his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Lake Placid. Fletcher parlayed a strong jump to take the win in roller skiing over brother Taylor, who won the roller ski. Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI) took bronze.
2014-15 U.S. Nordic Combined Championship
Gold: Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO)
Silver: Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO)
Bronze: Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI)
"This is awesome! I’ve been chasing the national title for a while. I think that I’ve been third like four or five times. Every time, including last year, I was really disappointed with my jumping. I would have an amazing (roller ski)race, but still wind up in third place because I was quite a bit back," said Bryan.
"I could feel him (fast approaching brother Taylor) and I could see him on a couple of sections. There were a few places where we would pass each other going opposite directions, and every time he was inching a little bit closer, so that was a little bit nerve-racking. But in the end, even with him chipping away hard, I was getting more excited reaching the finish line and I came in hot"
Bryan's brother Taylor Fletcher took the Silver medal. "I was making up time; I think that I made up 45 seconds, that’s a lot for this course. That being said, it wasn’t good enough to catch Bryan. I needed to jump better and really focus on that, because I know I’m skiing really well, but it’s jump a matter of continuing that and improving my jumping."
"I had good hopes going into today, I’ve been skiing fast. I hadn’t had too many consistent weeks, but I had some good jumps before today. This hill is different. It’s special and it’s hard and I’ve always had some trouble with it. I tried really hard, I thought I had a good jump, but it didn’t really carry like I was hoping, it felt like I was dragging a bit, so that was a bit of a bummer when I saw Bryan jump 92 and I knew that it was pretty close to over," reflected Taylor.
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