Front Range

To Russia, With Love

Meet Colorado’s Olympic hopefuls.

January 2014

BryanFletcherHometown: Steamboat Springs

Started Skiing: Age 4

Top Finish: 1st, Holmenkollen, King’s Cup 2012 (a World Cup event)

Training Regimen: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. most days of the week; ski jump two to three times a week, four to five hours of endurance, plus working out in the gym

Favorite Steamboat Restaurants: Backcountry Delicatessen, Double Z Bar & Bar BQ

Favorite (Other) Winter Olympic Sports to Watch: Hockey, biathlon

Against the Odds: Fletcher was diagnosed with cancer at age three and underwent seven years of chemo and suffered a stroke before being declared in remission; he competes with his brother, Taylor Fletcher.

Beginnings: “I got into ski jumping because I was always a kid who hit the bumps and jumps on the side of the trail. Living in Steamboat, the jumps are right downtown. You go past them every day.”