Nordic Combined Preview
A blend of seasoned veterans and Olympic newcomers are battling for spots on Team USA's nordic combined squad for PyeongChang. Headlining the top athletes are Bryan and Taylor Fletcher. Nordic combined will be showcased in PyeongChang at the Alpensia Nordic Center, a modern complex with ski jumps and cross-country track in the heart of the Games.

Older brother Bryan, a childhood cancer survivor, carries in the top past results including a world cup win in the prestigious King's Cup at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway, in 2012. He was also a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team. Younger brother, Taylor, a two-time Olympian having competed in both Vancouver and Sochi, has established himself as one of the fastest cross-country skiers in the sport. If he can put together a strong jump, he will be a contender.

Bryan, 31, scored four top-15 world cup finishes a year ago in a season that also saw him become a new father. Taylor, 27, who has two individual world cup and one team event podium to his credit, is seeking to make his third Olympic team.

Behind the Olympic veterans are three athletes who have earned their first Olympic berth. One of these athletes is Ben Loomis, 19, 2016 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist. Loomis has four top-10 Continental Cup finishes and was on the 2017 World Championship Team. The teenager scored 10th- and 15th-place finishes last season at the Junior World Championships in Utah. Also joining the Fletchers are Ben Berend, 22, and Jasper Good, 22.

Team USA had stunning success in Nordic combined at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, earning four medals. Billy Demong won gold, with Johnny Spillane taking two silvers and the team also picking up silver in the 4x5-kilometer relay.

  • Over the past few seasons, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, natives and brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher have been among the leaders on the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup circuit. Now, a pair of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, brothers are starting to make their own mark in the sport, including veteran Adam Loomis and his younger brother Ben Loomis, who established himself with a silver medal at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016 and is now finding a place on the world cup tour.

  • The sport of Nordic combined is evolving, with new scoring rules putting more emphasis on jumping. Success in the sport requires excellence in jumping more than ever before, which has been a challenge for U.S. athletes.

Ben Berend
A three-time junior world championship team member, Berend (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) scored a pair of top-20 finishes at Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2015. Known as the strongest jumper on the U.S. team, Berend had a breakthrough Continental Cup in December 2015 with a pair of top-10 finishes on the Utah Olympic venues and is now a regular on the world cup tour.

Bryan Fletcher
As a child, Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) found ski jumping as a joyous break from his cancer treatments. He beat the cancer and kept going in the sport, motivated by his hometown heroes like world champions and Olympic medalists Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane. Known as one of the world cup tour's top cross-country skiers, Fletcher battled his way to a win in the prestigious King's Cup World Cup race in Oslo, Norway, in 2012, and a year later was part of the team that took bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Italy. After making his Olympic debut in 2014, he will seek is second Olympic berth in PyeongChang.

Taylor Fletcher 
The younger brother of Bryan, Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) snuck into the Olympics first, garnering a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team before joining his brother at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Known as one of the fastest cross-country skiers in his sport, it's not unusual to see him pick up 20 or more places in the cross-country leg. He has two world cup podiums to his credit and joined Bryan Fletcher in their bronze-medal effort in the team event at the 2013 FIS World Championships. 

Ben Loomis
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Adam, Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) has had a promising career as a junior, capped off with the silver medal at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. He qualified for the Youth Games with a stunning fifth-place finish in a Continental Cup on the Utah Olympic venues two months earlier. He is a three-time member of the U.S. Junior World Championship Team and has won six national junior titles.

In order to be considered for selection, Nordic combined athletes must have scored points (top 30) in either world cup or summer Grand Prix events at any time in their career, or have scored points in continental cup competitions during the 2017-18 season. The number of quota spots for the U.S. team was determined by the International Ski Federation on Jan. 22, 2018, based on points achieved by U.S. athletes on the world cup (primary) and continental cup (secondary) tours, beginning July 2016.

Click here to view the complete 2018 Olympic qualification procedures for Nordic Combined.
Results from FIS World Cup and Continental Cup competitions between Nov. 15, 2017, and Jan. 22, 2018, were used as part of the selection process, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Nordic Combined. 

Click here to view the complete 2018 Olympic selection procedures from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association. 

Editor’s Note: This selection process overview is designed to provide general information only and should not be relied upon by athletes attempting to make the U.S. Olympic Team. The selection process is formally governed by selection procedures published by each National Governing Body. Athletes and other individuals interested in the selection process should contact the appropriate NGB to obtain the full selection procedures, or to seek clarification of the process.

November 2017-January 2018

World Cup competitions


Dec. 30, 2017

U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Park City, Utah

 Jan. 22, 2018 U.S. Olympic Team announcement  
*The full 2018  U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team will be announced on or before Jan. 22, 2018.