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Bryan Fletcher Puts Himself in Medal Hunt, Finishes Career-Best Fifth at World Champs

Bryan Fletcher (U.S. Nordic Combined) racing to fifth in  while skiing with a chase pack during Thursday's 10 k at 2015 World Championships.

Bryan Fletcher leapt into contention in the large hill/10 k individual at 2015 World Championships with the 13th-best jump to start the race within 44 seconds of first. In the fight for third until the last few hundred meters, he placed fifth for U.S. Nordic Combined’s best individual result at World Championships since 2009.

Rydzek Realizes Every Child’s Dream as Nordic Combined World Champ; Taylor Fletcher Leads U.S. in 19th

U.S. Nordic Combined's Taylor Fletcher (25) racing to 19th in Friday's 10 k after jumping to 25th on the normal hill in Falun, Sweden. Fletcher was the lone American in the top 20 on the first day of nordic combined at the 2015 World Championships. (Photo: FlyingPointRoad)

In the first nordic-combined competition of World Championships, Germany’s Johannes Rydzek had some of the best timing all day, attacking late to drop his lone rival before the finish: Italy’s Alessandro Pittin. The U.S. saw top-20 jumps from Billy Demong and Ben Berend, and Taylor Fletcher skied up from 25th to 19th.

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Ben Berend

FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Utah Olympic Park in Park City: jump-out run on the 100-meter normal hill on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 12. (Photo: Paul Loomis)

At 19, Ben Berend made his World Cup debut last month in Schonach, Germany. After a whirlwind trip to Kazakhstan for Junior Worlds and Austria for the last Continental Cup, the Colorado native is set to compete in his first senior World Championships on Friday in Falun, Sweden.

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Adam Loomis

Adam Loomis (U.S. Nordic Combined B-Team) competing at the World Cup in January Chaux-Neuve, France, where he scored his first World Cup points. (Photo: Sandra Volk)

U.S. Nordic Combined named two rookies to its five-man World Championships team earlier this month, which will be competing in four events at 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, over the next two weeks. Adam Loomis, 22, is one of them.

Taylor Fletcher Goes ‘Ugly Early’ for Sapporo Podium; Bryan Fletcher 8th (with Post-Race Video)

Taylor Fletcher (right) earned his second career podium in Sapporo, Japan, on Saturday, behind Eric Frenzel (center, GER) and Akito Watabe (left, JPN). (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Instagram)

Twenty-eighth in the jump was good enough for Taylor Fletcher, as the 24-year-old U.S. Nordic Combined skier rocketed to an individual podium for the second time in his World Cup career. His older brother Bryan Fletcher placed eighth for his third-straight top 10.

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Tim Burke on his way to 25th in the IBU World Cup 12.5 k pursuit on Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Catch up on what you may have missed this weekend, as nordic competitions across the globe are begging to heat up. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Austria to the cross country World Cup in Switzerland and everything in between.

NoCo Continental Cup in Park City: Day 1 and 2 (Photo Gallery)

Day 1 of FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Park City: 10 k race at Gorgoza Park on the morning of Friday, Dec. 12.  (Photo: Rosalie Lipfert)

Park City hosted the first Nordic Combined Continental Cup of the season last week with jumping at Utah Olympic Park and the 10 k races at the Gorgoza tubing hill, moved there because of a lack of snow. Taylor Fletcher posted the two best U.S. performances in fifth and eighth place, followed by Billy Demong.

Fletcher Skis Impressive 10 k to Earn Eighth in Lillehammer NC World Cup

Bryan Flecher, U.S. Nordic Combined and USSA athlete rep

While Bryan Fletcher’s strategy didn’t pan out in Sunday’s Nordic Combined World Cup 10 k in Lillehammer, Norway, he was able to earn the second fastest time to place eighth overall. The result was his best since January, 2014.

Weekly Roundup: Lillehammer Mini Tour, Östersund and Bozeman

A pumped Martin Johnsrud Sundby (Norway) after winning the men's 15 k classic pursuit for the overall Lillehammer mini-tour title on Sunday in Norway. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

The first individual IBU World Cup race took place a week ago in Östersund and wrapped up this past Sunday. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Sweden and at home in Canmore, to the Lillehammer mini tour and nordic-combined competitions, and second U.S. SuperTour stop in Bozeman, Mont.

Weekend Roundup: Goodbye Ruka and West, Hello Rest of 2014/2015

Ida Sargent racing to a career-best fifth in Saturday's classic sprint at the World Cup opener in Kuusamo, Finland. She placed 51st in the 10 k classic the next day. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Before the first stop on the IBU World Cup circuit continues in Östersund on Wednesday, we bring you a synopsis of last weekend’s racing action and links to full reports.

Fletcher Soars to First National Title in Lake Placid

Bryan Fletcher jumping last season.

Bryan Fletcher earned his first national title Oct. 12 at the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined National Championships in Lake Placid. Now Fletcher and the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined team will head to Switzerland for a European training block before the World Cup begins Nov. 29.

Wednesday Workout: How to Get It Done When You’re Out Straight

Bryan Fletcher gets in some quality jumping in Park City, Utah, the week before his wedding. (Photo: Lauran Krnavek Dubell)

Fresh off his wedding day, Bryan Fletcher gives some advice for how to keep your energy levels high, stay productive and get the most out of your workouts even during the busiest of times.

USSA Shares $150,000 Piece of Fundraising Pie with U.S. Nordic Combined

Adam Loomis leads U.S. Nordic Combined teammate Michael Ward during a rollerski workout at a mini camp in August in Aspen, Colo. (Photo: USA Nordic Combined/Facebook)

Late last month, Billy Demong spoke on behalf of his sport at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation trustees’ annual meeting. What came out of it was 15 Gold Passes, valued at $10,000 apiece, which U.S. Nordic Combined is currently trying to sell to help pay for its 2014/2015 season.

For Canadian NoCo and Jumping, No OTP Funding Closes ‘Every Other Door’

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“If we want to survive we need to take matters into our own hands,” Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Canada’s director Curtis Lyon explains. He’s doing damage control after Own the Podium stopped funding the two sports for 2014/2015.

Defunding Deadline in the Rearview, U.S. NoCo Forges Ahead with USA Ski Jumping

U.S. Nordic Combined skiers tackle a foggy training session near Park City, Utah (including  Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Ben Berend,  Brett Denney, Michael Ward, and Adam Loomis). (Photo: Dave Jarrett/Twitter)

Back in April, July 31 seemed like dark cloud looming in the distance. But it wasn’t that far off, and fortunately for U.S. Nordic Combined, it wasn’t all that dreary. “Things are moving forward for sure, and it’s a little bit more hopeful than in April,” head coach Dave Jarrett says, explaining that he kept his job and hopes to have two other coaches and two wax techs help him this season.

Bryan Fletcher to FIS: ‘New Organization Opens Us Up to New Sponsorship Possibilities’

Bryan Flecher, U.S. Nordic Combined and USSA athlete rep

After July 31 next week, USSA will stop funding U.S. Nordic Combined. Sounds like doomsday, but U.S. NoCo has a plan. Bryan Fletcher explains how they’ve already teamed up with U.S.A. Ski Jumping to form a unified “U.S.A. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined”.

Bryan Fletcher Becomes USSA Athlete Rep to Voice Nordic Combined and Jumping Needs

Bryan Fletcher

U.S. Nordic Combined’s Bryan Fletcher was recently one of three new athlete representatives selected to the USSA Board of Directors. “For me the biggest thing that came out of congress was just knowledge of the positive development in our sport,” he explains, adding that his sport’s organizational structure is progressing forward each day.

USBA CEO on NoCo: ‘The Good Thing is That They Have a Track Record of Being Super Successful’

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U.S. Biathlon CEO Max Cobb says that it took four or five years for his organization to get on its feet after splitting from modern pentathlon in 1980 — but that whatever route U.S. Nordic Combined takes, the good news for them is that they have proven success and that direct fundraising tools have entered a whole new realm in the past few years.

Wednesday Workout: Wednesday Night Worlds with Taylor Fletcher

The Wednesday Night Worlds ride on Democrat Ally in Kamas, Utah, near Park City on April 30. (Photo: Taylor Fletcher)

Taylor Fletcher is not a master blaster, but the 24-year-old U.S. Nordic Combined skier does like to get out for a hard, group road ride a few times a month. Here’s an example of a 2 to 2.5-hour workout, or race, depending on your viewpoint, called Wednesday Night Worlds.

U.S. Nordic Combined Keeps on Plugging; USSA’s Bodensteiner Explains Decision

Gold and silver: the U.S. earned two medals in the Large Hill competition in Vancouver, from Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong.

More on U.S. Nordic Combined’s predicament after its program lost direct USSA funding earlier this week. We caught up with both Fletcher brothers as well as USSA Vice President Luke Bodensteiner to hear more about the decision and what it means for the sport in the U.S.