Watabe in Come from Behind Win

2015-03-06 10:54

LAHTI, Finland (March 6, 2015) - Japan's Akito Watabe slogged through deep snow to make up 54 seconds on the leaders and take a hard fought victory over Germany's World Champion Johannes Rydzek as the Lahti Ski Games opened in Finland with a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. It was a tough day on the jumping hill for the USA, with Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) the lone American finisher in 26th. 

Taylor Fletcher was 35th after the jump, 2:28 back from Norway's Haavard Klemetsen, gaining back around 30 seconds in the cross country leg to finish 26th.


  • Taylor Fletcher led the USA finishing 29th in a large hill FIS Nordic Combined World Cup to open the Lahti Ski Games in Finland.
  • A team sprint is on tap for Saturday with two USA teams including Adam Loomis pairing up with Jasper Good, and Ben Berend and Taylor Fletcher skiing together.

Large Hill Nordic Combined