„The victory was very sweet!“
TUESDAY TALK: Taylor Fletcher (USA)
Team USA’s Taylor Fletcher sure had a good weekend after jetting back home to Utah for the Continental Cup Opening weekend in Park City and Soldier Hollow. With a third, second and first rank, he covered all the steps on the podium and was able to get an additional quota spot for his team on the World Cup. TUESDAY TALK chatted with the 25-year-old about winning at home, the World Cup in Ramsau and what goals are next for him.
With a third, second and finally first place, you had quite the successful weekend at your home COC in Utah. Are you satisfied with your performances?
Taylor Fletcher: Yes, I am satisfied with my performances from the weekend in Park City and Soldier Hollow. I would have liked the victory on all three days, for sure, but that did not happen. David Pommer was skiing very strong all three days and huge congrats to him for winning the period. The first day was not my best as I did not ski a tactically smart race. I went out to hard and after almost catching David I suffered a bad chest cramp and it limited my ability to push the pace. The other two days I skied well and I was very happy with my races!
How important was it to finally get the individual victory in front of the home crowd on the last day, also in terms of the return to the World Cup now?
Fletcher: To get the victory was very sweet. We had a lot of people in town to watch and it was nice to reward them with a hometown win. On the same note, I feel that all three races were very exciting as they all came down to sprints in the end.
You now also managed to get an additional quota spot for your team for the next World Cup period. How will that help your team when you go back to the World Cup?
Fletcher: It will help tremendously. Those young kids have to pay for everything at the moment. We were in a tough situation but now they are going to be taken care of a little bit more on the World Cup now and will not have to pay so much upfront. That makes it a lot easier for them and a lot less stressful on their parents and the sponsors.
Will you come back to Europe now to take part in the World Cup in Ramsau before Christmas or stay in the USA and only come back for the competitions in January?
Fletcher: Yes we headed back to the airport on Monday and are be in Ramsau from Tuesday onwards.
With a 26th and a 13th place in Lillehammer, you started the season off solidly but with room for improvement. What goals have you set for yourself in this winter?
Fletcher: Actually, this is my best start in a couple years for sure! I would like to continue improving and reach for the podium and get in the Top 10 overall!
Coming to Ramsau now, the smaller hill will have the World Cup field quite closely together which usually suits the faster skiers. A perfect breeding ground for a great Taylor-Fletcher-result?
Fletcher: I have had a mix of decent and bad results there but I feel confident in my jumping and very happy with my cross-country shape. If I put a good jump down, then I am sure I can move up on the hard course of Ramsau!