Bryan Fletcher had never won a nationwide title before Oct. twelve – a surprising reality contemplating that he stood atop a nordic mixed Globe Cup podium in 2012 and was a Globe Championship medalist in 2013.
His search for a win on residence soil ended Sunday when Fletcher jumped and skied to victory at the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Mixed Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. only a number of weeks soon after his late-September wedding ceremony.
The Steamboat Springs, Colo. native flew 90.5 meters to consider a one minute 34 second advantage more than his younger brother Taylor. In the rollerski Fletcher was able to hold off Taylor to take the victory by 56 seconds.
Fletcher, who has constantly finished third or fourth in earlier U.S. Championships, said that Sunday’s victory was a objective he had been working to accomplish for a lot of many years.
“I’ve been chasing that dream for quite a while,” Fletcher mentioned in a mobile phone interview. “It was incredibly elusive for me to get that nationwide title. It’s always been stiff competition, so to lastly have that under my belt and say that I’m a national champion certainly feels truly excellent.”
According to Fletcher, he was able to take advantage of a low speed leap that spread out the competition. However, he knew a 1 minute and 34 2nd benefit was brief adequate for Taylor, who has historically been a stronger nordic skier, to catch him.
This time Fletcher was ready to hold onto his lead and cross the finish line with a time of 26:ten.5. Taylor posted the fastest rollerski time on the day, and completed with a total time of 27:06.5. Third location went to Adam Loomis (+one:58.9).
For Fletcher, the end result confirms a summer season and fall of consistent and productive preparation. In contrast to past years, he and significantly of the team spent the bulk of their training hours in Park City, Utah due to uncertainty surrounding the nordic mixed spending budget. Fletcher explained that the staff’s domestic concentration allowed for focused and valuable training.
“It was perfect to be in 1 spot and refocus and redevelop our plan,” he said. “Because of that our coaching has genuinely benefitted. I’m genuinely happy where I’m at going into the winter season. That becoming mentioned, we still have a good deal to do in terms of prep.”
Fletcher hopes the self-assurance from his reliable coaching and nationwide title will help in his season goals of another Planet Cup podium and Globe Championship medal.
The Lake Placid competitors was the last event for Fletcher and the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined Group prior to departing for a coaching block in Europe.
After Sunday’s competition the A, B, and C teams boarded a flight to Switzerland where they are at present participating in a coaching camp with the Swiss National Team. The group of approximately 15 Americans will also have the opportunity to compete in the Swiss nationals to earn further jumping and racing experience before the winter racing season begins.
Once they full their time in Switzerland, the crew will head to Oberstdorf, Germany exactly where they will proceed to train at the city’s ice track.
The 2014/2015 winter’s very first FIS Nordic Combined World Cup weekend will take place in Ruka, Finland Nov. 29 and thirty.
US Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined National Championship Results