KUUSAMO, Finland (Dec. 1) – U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team’s Taylor Fletcher posted the fastest time in his cross country anchor leg and moved up the pack to give the USA seventh in the 4x5k team event at the nordic combined World Cup season opener. The Team started the relay in 12th after the team HS142 jumping portion earlier on Sunday. The Norwegian team jumped into first place and held its lead throughout the relay.

The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, Taylor Fletcher, Bryan Fletcher, Todd Lodwick  and Billy Demong, is starting the season after winning the first ever American medal in the team event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy last February.

The four U.S. athletes failed to qualify in the top 50 for the individual event on Saturday and did not compete. Could it be that the sum is more than it's parts? Next the Team travels to Lillehammer, Norway for the nordic combined FIS World Cup on Dec. 7-8.

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