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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.”

Image by GEPA


Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  3  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   28:48.7
 2  17  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   28:51.0
 3  1  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   28:53.1
 4  12  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   28:53.7
 5  13  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   28:54.2
 6  8  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   28:58.5
 7  9  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   29:05.5
 8  16  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   29:09.4
 9  7  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   29:10.4
 10  4  1669 STORLIEN Gudmund  1990  NOR   29:26.5
 11  10  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   29:36.8
 12  11  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   29:49.4
 13  2  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   30:04.2
 14  5  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   30:07.5
 15  6  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   30:10.2
 16  22  100002 GRAABAK Joergen  1991  NOR   30:13.4
 17  19  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   30:14.2
 18  27  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   30:14.6
 19  21  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   30:15.4
 20  26  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   30:15.6
 21  23  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   30:29.4
 22  20  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   30:52.1
 23  14  1700 WATABE Yoshito  1991  JPN   30:58.8
 24  15  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   31:09.3
 25  25  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   31:18.4
 26  28  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   31:34.4
 27  29  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   32:25.2
 28  30  467 RIESSLE Fabian  1990  GER   32:35.9
Did not start
   18  1413 KROG Magnus  1987  NOR   
Did not finish
   24  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   
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