Kuusamo, Finland – Bryan Fletcher was 20th, Brett Camerotta was 41st, Billy Demong was 44th and Taylor Fletcher was 53rd .in the provisional round at the FIS World Cup opener in Kuusamo, Finland, Thursday.
“The provisional competition was pretty good for Bryan Fletcher and not so good for the other three guys,” head coach Dave Jarrett said to FasterSkier. However, Jarrett is optimistic about the FIS World Cup opener in Kuusamo.
“The weather forecast for the weekend is cold but calm so it looks like we will not use the provisional, but you never know,” Jarrett said.
Cold conditions makes for slow snow, but the course is firm. That might work in their advantage.
“The course is hard, so hopefully with some solid jumping we will be fighting for good results,” Jarrett said.
It is still early in the season, and Bill Demong is still recovering from injuries, so Jarrett is not worried about a 44th place in the provisional round.
“At this point, we are here with some new talent and we will be happy with solid performances in the points and for sure top 20. As far as Billy goes, he has been on a good trajectory since September and we are working towards Oslo in February. He is certainly capable of winning on any given day. His jumping is becoming more and more consistent so we will see how it goes today,” Jarrett concludes.
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Inge is FasterSkier's international reporter, born and bred in Norway. A cross-country ski racer and mountain runner, she also dabbles on two wheels in the offseason. If it's steep and long, she loves it. Follow her on Twitter: @IngeScheve.