Billy Demong is always on the go, which is good considering he's either flying through the air or tearing up a cross country course—as well as taking the USA’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in nordic combined in the process. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
World Championship bronze medalist Bryan Fletcher moved up from 36th to finish 16th during the 10k cross country portion of the individual nordic combined World Cup on Saturday.
The Utah Olympic Park ski jumps led the world opening Tuesday, Nov. 12.
With 100 days until the Olympic Winter Games kick off in Sochi, here are the stories to watch out for. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Olympic Trials Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping
BIlly Demong delighted the hometown fans winning his ninth U.S. title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Lake Placid.
USSA athletes Grete Eliassen and Billy Demong were featured speakers at this year's USANA Convention. (Photo: Riley Steinmetz/USSA)
Spots for Sochi will be on the line Dec. 28-29 when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. (Photo: Utah Olympic Park)
Taylor Fletcher posted the fastest cross country leg and placed fifth, skiing up from 23rd, in the large hill combined event in Oslo.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher moved up to finish seventh in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team sprint at the Lahti Ski Games.
Taylor Fletcher and Billy Demong moved the U.S. Nordic Combined Team up from 10th to sixth in the team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Billy Demong led the USA finishing 15th in the large hill nordic combined event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Veteran Billy Demong anchored a solid full team performance to lead the USA to bronze in the nordic combined team event at the World Champs.
Bryan Fletcher moves up to 14th in the nordic combined in Val di Fiemme at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The USA battled with the best most of the race before finishing seventh in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup on the Sochi venue.
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The American catalyst that shook the nordic world in Vancouver, Billy Demong has not slowed down since his historic Olympic win on the large hill. Since then he got married, started raising a son and returned to competitive form after a brief break from the sport—just in time for another run at gold.
The 2013 season saw Demong compete and push his teammates to new levels. Demong anchored a solid full-team performance to win bronze in the nordic combined team event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. It was the first ever full-team event medal for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team at any World Championships. Earlier in the season, he and his four-man squad finished third at the Schonach World Cup stop.
The upstate New York native has been on seven World Championships teams and has won eight U.S. titles. His four medals with teammate Todd Lodwick at the 2009 Worlds were an historic accomplishment, a feat only outshone by the following year’s four-medal effort at Vancouver, where Demong became the first U.S. Nordic athlete to win a gold medal.
But in addition to a stellar competitive career, Demong has helped the sport grow locally, acting as mentor to many of the younger athletes that are quickly rising on the international stage. Unlike four years ago, Demong is now surrounded by a much larger core of athletes, all of whom will represent the stars and stripes at the highest level in the next few years.
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