Nordic Combined: American Fletcher claims first career victory
American Bryan Fletcher dominated today’s (Mar. 10) individual gundersen competition taking the win in Oslo, Norway at this season’s final event.
Today’s win is Fletcher’s first World Cup career victory. Norwegian Mikko Kokslien placed second and Japan’s Taihei Kato finished third. Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis (eight today) claimed the overall World Cup Nordic Combined title for the season.
“This is a dream come true. To win in Holmenkollen is every nordic combined athlete’s dream. To have it be my first makes it even better,” said Fletcher. “I really want to thank all of the supporters along the way. I have to thank Billy [Demong], Johnny [Spillane] and all my teammates for showing me the way, too. Because without them it would be impossible to get to where they’ve been.”
Today was the first Holmenkollen win for the United States since Todd Lodwick in 1998.
After the ski jumping part, Kato was in the lead; ahead of German Tino Edelmann and Fletcher who was thirty-nine seconds behind. The planned second round of jumping had to be cancelled because of unfair conditions. The competition format was changed from a traditional Gundersen (2 jumps, 15 km) to a regular Gundersen race (1 jump, 10 km).
In the overall World Cup standings Lamy Chappuis claimed the title with 1,306 points, Japan’s Akito Watabe took second with 1,238 points, and Kokslien came in at third with 1,061 points.
“Bryan has been pretty close and showed good results in the season. Today he managed to put it all together and he really deserves the victory.” Said Lamy Chappuis. “It is great having won the overall again. I don’t know how many of theses days will follow, but I’m not chasing a special number of overall victories.”
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