- Nordic Combined
American Bill Demong leads U.S. Olympic Nordic combined team
The Fletchers joined 2010 Olympic champion Bill Demong and silver medalist Todd Lodwick on the four-man team. They are the seventh set of siblings on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, breaking the record of six in 1964, when there were far fewer total athletes than today.
Demong is going to his fourth Olympics; Lodwick, previously named to the team, is headed for a record sixth Winter Olympics for an American, so long as his shoulder holds up.
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Bryan Fletcher, four years older than Taylor, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 3, underwent seven years of chemotherapy and survived a stroke before his cancer went into remission.
Taylor Fletcher was also on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team but was not chosen for the team event, where Demong and Lodwick won silver with Johnny Spillane and Brett Camerota.
Earler in the Games, Spillane (now retired) won the first U.S. Olympic Nordic combined medal, a silver in the normal hill. Later, Demong won the first U.S. Olympic Nordic combined gold medal in the large hill.
This year’s team is unlikely to achieve that kind of success. No American man or team has made a World Cup podium this season — Bryan Fletcher ranks highest in overall standings at 18th. However, the team won World Championships bronze last year.
The Fletcher brothers join six other sets of siblings on the U.S. Olympic Team – cross-country skiers Erik Bjornsen and Sadie Bjornsen, curlers Craig Brown and Erika Brown, figure skaters Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, hockey players Amanda Kessel and Phil Kessel and Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux and snowboarders Arielle Gold and Taylor Gold.
Demong and Taylor Fletcher engaged in playful bets the last two seasons. They resulted in Fletcher wearing a Captain America suit and Demong dressing as Aquaman in Europe.
Here’s the U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team:
Bill Demong – 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympian
Taylor Fletcher – 2010 Olympian
Todd Lodwick – 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympian
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