Today marked the season opener for the U.S. Nordic Combined Team. On the 100 meter normal hill in Lillehammer, Norway, Olympic Medalist Todd Lodwick led the team with a stellar come from behind performance during the season’s first FIS World Cup. Beginning in 40th, Lodwick managed to leap his way into 24th after the jump.
Fellow teammate, Taylor Fletcher came in 30th, but still posted the fastest country time of the day. His brother Bryan Fletcher also performed well. leaving. Bryan was in 2oth place after the jumps, but lagged during the cross country leg of the event, finishing in 38th.
Sunday, we’ll see a penalty race format, on Lillehammer’s large hill. The jump leader will receive a 10 second head start over the field of competitors, who will ski short penalty laps based on their point from the jump.
Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach, said “The jumping was OK for Bryan and Todd but we know they are capable of more – no question. We’re are all very happy with Todd’s cross country race. It will help him to know he is fit which in turn will help on the hill. The good news is Taylor actually jumped pretty well yesterday and today wasn’t his average. Taylor knows he is one of the fastest guys (in cross country) and today he proved it.”
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