Winter Games Athletes
Fletcher put together the best 2013 of any American in the Nordic combined, but it could be tough for him to parlay that success into an Olympic medal. Fletcher helped the U.S. take bronze in the 4x5km relay at the 2013 world championships - the first Nordic combined medal for an American relay team ever at worlds. He ended the year ranked 16th in the final World Cup standings. His success stems from the cross-country portion of the event, where he is able to overcome his shortcomings in the ski jump. In the large hill at the 2013 worlds, he had the second-fastest time in the race after finishing 27th in the jump to finish 17th overall. Although a medal appears to be a longshot, Fletcher, who has made 52 individual World Cup starts with one podium finish, is extra motivated after coming home empty handed from Vancouver. He made his Olympic debut at the 2010 Games, but was left off America’s silver medal-winning 4x5km relay team. He competed in both the Nordic combined and ski jumping in Vancouver, finishing 45th on the large hill out of 46 competitors and was on a ski jumping team that finished 11th out of 12 countries. He got the chance to compete in the last Olympics after brother Bryan suffered a sprained ankle shortly before the games, opening the door for Taylor to make the team. Bryan is four years older and also a member of the American Nordic squad, making the Fletcher brothers one of seven sets of siblings representing the United States at Sochi.