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A blend of seasoned veterans and Olympic newcomers are battling for spots on Team USA's Nordic combined squad for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Headlining the top athletes are Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher. The U.S. Nordic combined team will include up to four athletes, with the top athlete selected based on results from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined to be held Dec. 30 at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. MORE
Bryan Fletcher
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Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Olympic Experience: 2014
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As a child, Bryan Fletcher found ski jumping as a joyous relief from his cancer treatments. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 3, he underwent intensive chemotherapy, surviving a stroke before going into remission. Motivated by his hometown heroes like world champions and Olympic medalists Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane, he continued in the sport and eventually emerged as one of the world's elite Nordic combined athletes. After claiming his first world cup win at the prestigious King's Cup World Cup race in Oslo, Norway, in 2012, he went on to help the U.S. capture its first Nordic combined team world championship medal (a bronze) in 2013. Since then, he has posted five top-10 world championship finishes and helped the U.S. men to a sixth-place finish in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. After finishing just shy of the podium, he will look to make his second Olympic berth and seek another opportunity to medal in PyeongChang.
About Bryan
Something quirky: I am slightly OCD and probably one of the biggest perfectionists you will meet. If something wasn't done right the first time, I will do it again. I also worry about anything and everything. I have found that I get that trait from my dad. The funny thing is that you would think this makes me a very organized person, but really, I am not very organized at all.

Nickname(s): Fletch

Hobbies: My wife and I just bought our first house last year and I love to work on it. Currently, I am tearing out an old playground and slide to put in a fenced garden. Next will be replacing the shingles on the roof!

Best advice received: "Big trees grow slowly." - JT Kearny. My coach, DJ, gave me this quote a few years back and it's been applicable to many aspects of my life.

Earliest Olympic memory: I remember watching the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer and seeing the team who trained at Howelson Hill, and that was the first realization for me that it was possible to reach the Olympics.

Earliest memory of sport: I was probably 4 years old, and I remember heading out for the Learn To Jump Day at Howelson Hill. I remember being very nervous to go off the jump but also very excited to do it. The coach gave me a few pointers and as soon as I was in the air, I was hooked. I immediately wanted to go up to the next biggest jump and deep down I knew I wouldn't stop until I reached the biggest jump.

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