US World Cup team named
A strong group of veterans highlights the 2014 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, named on the cusp of the 2013-14 FIS World Cup season. World Champions and Olympic medalists Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick highlight the team. They are joined on the A team by the rapidly rising Fletcher brothers, Bryan and Taylor.
"We are focused squarely on doing well at the Olympics in Sochi. We have a different team than in 2010 and replacing Johnny [Spillane] and Brett [Camerota] has been difficult. But the Fletcher brothers have stepped up and filled the void. Combine that with the two veterans, Billy and Todd, and we feel like we have as good a chance for success in Sochi as anyone.", head coach Dave Jarrett said on the composition of his team.
With four time Olympian and gold medalist Billy Demong and five time Olympian and World Champion Todd Lodwick, the team amasses a total eight Olympic and World Championship medals, including four gold.
Freshly minted national champion Bill Demong is optimistic for the Olympic season: "The Team is a mix of veterans as well as up-and-coming athletes like the Fletcher brothers who have made quite a name for themselves. Under that we have a really strong team of young athletes who are nipping at our heels for a Sochi spot. So it should be a great season!"
The World Cup team will be joined by head coach Dave Jarrett and Marc Nölke as jumping coach, as well as the service team, consisting of Andrej Jezeršek and Matjaz Dobrovoljc.
Greg Poirier will act as Development and Continental Cup coach, being responsible for the B-Team athletes Brett Denney, Nick Hendrickson, Adam Loomis and Michael Ward.