Bryan Fletcher was the top American in Sunday’s nordic combined race, finishing 26th overall. He was 22nd after the jumping, and started 1:28 behind Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA), who was leading at the beginning of the cross-country race and proceeded to win overall.
Bill Demong was 38th, climbing four spots on the trails, and Taylor Fletcher was 48th overall after finishing the jumping competition in 55th. Brett Camerota was 45th after the jumping, but did not finish the cross-country.
Lamy-Chappuis (FRA), who was second in the competition on Saturday, managed to keep Mikko Kokslien (NOR) behind him on Sunday. On the jumping hill, nobody seems to be able to beat the French bird, but so far, he has lost ground in the woods.
Sunday, Lamy-Chappuis had a 20-second lead on the next racer, and started 1:28 ahead of Kokslien. Mario Stecher (AUT) was tenth after the jumping, and skied his way into third place, only a tenth of a second behind Kokslien.
Fletcher told FasterSkier that his 18th place on day two of the World Cup season opener in Finland last weekend (his career best in a World Cup) was encouraging and exciting, but that his goal for the season is to establish himself solidly in the top 30.
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.