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

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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.

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

From left to right: Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher with their bronze medals from Sunday's team event at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association dealt U.S. Nordic Combined tough news on Monday when it informed them funding would cease after July 31, 2014, according to head coach Dave Jarrett, who’s now searching for alternative financial solutions.

Four Years Later, U.S. Nordic Combined Lacks Olympic Fanfare But Comes Full Circle

Billy Demong (l) with his son Liam and wife Katie after the final competition of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the 4 x 5 k team event.

In three Olympic competitions in Sochi, U.S. Nordic Combined didn’t end up with the fairy tale some had come to expect after the 2010 Vancouver Games. But with icons in Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick likely in their last Olympics, the story was more about the team closing one book and opening another.

U.S. NoCo Shifts Focus to Team Event, Best Medal Chance in Sochi

From left to right: Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher with their bronze medals from Sunday's team event at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

While U.S. Nordic Combined undoubtedly has its work cut out for its four-man team, Thursday marks the day they’ve been looking forward to at this Olympics: the 4 x 5 k team event.

Onto Day 2 of Olympic NoCo: U.S. Seeking Above-Average Performances

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After two Americans finished in the top 30 of the first nordic-combined competition at the Sochi Olympics, the team is looking for better performances in today’s large hill/10 k — of which Billy Demong is the defending Olympic champion.

From Leukemia to Sochi: Fletcher Brothers Aim for Olympic Greatness

From right to left: Taylor Fletcher, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher sporting the "StacheTats" they wore to win bronze in Sunday's normal-hill/4x5 k team event at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)

From seven years of chemotherapy and a treatment-induced stroke, to being nominated to his first Olympic Team, Bryan Fletcher has overcome the odds to be one of the best athletes in the world. He will be joined by his brother, Taylor, in Sochi to partake in the quest to reach Olympic greatness and achieve their ultimate goal: an Olympic medal.

Bryan Fletcher, Billy Demong Post Season Bests at First-Ever Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld

Bryan Fletcher (U.S. Nordic Combined) jumping to ninth on Day 2 of the Nordic Combined World Cup Triple in Seefeld, Austria. Fletcher improved to sixth in the 10 k. (Photo: Fast Big Dog)

U.S. Nordic Combined’s Bryan Fletcher and Billy Demong post season-best results at the first-ever Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld, Austria, this past weekend from Jan. 17-19. “I think that the best is yet to come,” Demong says.

Day 3 of Nordic Combined Seefeld Triple: It’s a Wrap (Video)

Bryan Fletcher (U.S. Nordic Combined) during a post-race interview on the last day of the Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld, Austria. Fletcher notched fifth, a season best. (Photo: Fast Big Dog)

One last video from the final day of the Seefeld Triple on Sunday, with thoughts from U.S. Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett, Bryan Fletcher, who notched a season-best fifth overall, and Billy Demong, who skied the third-fastest time to end up 11th in the first cumulative event of its kind in nordic combined.

Day 2 of Nordic Combined Seefeld Triple: Global Family (Video)

Bryan Fletcher (U.S. Nordic Combined) jumping to ninth on Day 2 of the Nordic Combined World Cup Triple in Seefeld, Austria. Fletcher improved to sixth in the 10 k. (Photo: Fast Big Dog)

On the second day of the inaugural three-day Nordic Combined Triple, several top skiers, including Jason Lamy-Chappuis, Akito Watabe, Tino Edelmann, and Mikko Kokslien, chat on camera and dish about their favorite U.S. athletes.

Day 1 of Nordic Combined Seefeld Triple with Exclusive Demong Interview (Video)

Bryan Fletcher (U.S. Nordic Combined) jumping to 11th in the Seefeld Triple on Friday. He ended up sixth, a season best, in the following 5 k prologue. (Photo: Fast Big Dog)

A broken pole couldn’t keep Billy Demong from skiing to his best result of the season in eighth on the first day of the Nordic Combined World Cup Triple, and he talks all about it on camera after Friday’s individual jump and 5-kilometer prologue. Teammate Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. Nordic Combined team in sixth, also a season best.

World Cup Prep with U.S. NoCo: Cryotherapy Before Seefeld Triple (Video)

U.S. Nordic Combined's Bryan Fletcher (l), Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney (second from r) and Canadian Wesley Savill (r) after their first cryotherapy session in Seefeld, Austria. (Photo: Fast Big Dog)

Get up close and personal with three members of U.S. Nordic Combined and Canadian Wesley Savill as they share their first oh-so-cold experience with cryotherapy — essentially a cold sauna at temperatures around -110 degrees Celsius (-166 Fahrenheit).

Weekend Roundup: Sprintacular

Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) celebrates his sprint victory. Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus

It was a spectacular weekend for sprinting as the World Cup continued in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic with both a individual and team sprint. FasterSkier was also on site at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Midway, Ut., which concluded with a classic sprint on Friday.

Lodwick Crashes in France, Returns to Park City for Further Evaluation and Rehab

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2014 Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park, Park City
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Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team

Todd Lodwick crashed Friday during the provisional round at a World Cup event in Chaux Neuve, France, and injured his shoulder. Lodwick, who recently qualified to compete in his sixth Olympic Winter Games next month in Sochi, Russia, now heads back to Park City, Utah where he will get further evaluation and begin rehab on his shoulder with the goal of being ready to compete next month.

For Lodwick, ‘Passion Still Burns’ for Sixth Olympics, Will Be First American to Do So in Sochi

Todd Lodwick (U.S. Nordic Combined) celebrates a clear-cut victory at 2014 U.S. Nordic Combined Olympic Team Trials at Utah Olympic Park on Dec. 28 in Park City, Utah. First in the jump, Lodwick beat teammate Bryan Fletcher by 17 seconds for the victory, which secured his bid for his sixth Olympics, the most of any American in the Winter Games. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)

Todd Lodwick hadn’t felt nerves like he experienced last Saturday in a long time. The U.S. Nordic Combined veteran was about to see if he could make his sixth Olympic team at the U.S. Olympic trials on Dec. 28. He came out on top of the individual 10-kilometer competition in Park City and made history as the first American to qualify for six Winter Olympics. “If I touch one kid to help them achieve their dream, then I consider my career a success,” Lodwick says.

Weekend Roundup: Sprinting Forward

Look familiar? Kazahstan's Alexey Poltoranin (l) placed second for the second-straight day at the Asiago World Cup in Italy, as Ola Vigen Hattestad (r) secured the Norwegian victory in the 6 x 1.65 k classic team sprint. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Check in here for everything you missed in the racing world. This weekend was all about classic sprinting as World Cup racing continued in Asiago, Italy. Nordic Combined also continued in Schonach, Germany.

U.S. Nordic Combined Just Warming Up, Primed for Olympic Trials and Beyond

From left to right: Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher with their bronze medals from Sunday's team event at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

Wondering why Billy Demong was competing at the Continental Cup this week in Utah? Things are definitely not derailing for the U.S. Nordic Combined veteran or his teammates back in Europe — in fact, they’re right on track. On Thursday, Demong secured the team’s fifth World Cup quota spot.

Notes and Quotes: The Good and Bad from Davos, Ramsau and Annecy

The women's podium at Sunday's World Cup skate sprint in Davos, Switzerland: (from l to r) Kikkan Randall (USST) in second, Marit Bjørgen (NOR) in first, and Denise Herrmann (GER) in third. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

From the cross-country World Cup in Davos, Switzerland, to U.S. Nordic Combined’s best finish in a team sprint in Ramsau, Austria, to five straight days of biathlon races in Annecy, France: here’s everything you didn’t get to read about over the weekend.