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)
On the wings of improved jumping, the USA bumped up from eighth to fifth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team event Saturday in Ramsau. Action contnues Sunday with an individual event before the tour takes a holiday break.
Taylor Fletcher came close in fifth, but missed the podium as Tomaz Druml of Austria took his second straight FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win in Park City.
Tomaz Druml led an Austrian podium sweep at the opening FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Park City. Taylor Fletcher was eighth.
The stage is set for a wild cross country finale with Austrian Lukas Greiderer taking the lead after the jump in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup. Olympians Billy Demong (8th) and Taylor Fletcher (26th) are both expected to contend.
Olympic champion Billy Demong will highlight the field as a dozen nations come to Park City this week for an International Ski Federation Nordic Combined Continental Cup.
In his first marathon ever, U.S. Nordic Combined athlete Billy Demong was able to finish at the incredible pace of 2:33:05.
America’s top ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes will compete in the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships (normal hill) and U.S. Nordic Combined Championships during the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid on Sunday, October 12.
Today, just about all your favorite athletes are on Twitter. But how did they get their start there? Check out their first-ever tweets. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Taylor Fletcher, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, earned the top spot for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team Saturday when he finished 22nd at the Holmenkollen individual 10k Gundersen World Cup.
U.S. Nordic veteran Billy Demong, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, charged from behind to finish 10th in the individual 10k Gundersen World Cup on Thursday in Trondheim, Norway.
Todd Lodwick and Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Taylor Fletcher skied into the top spot for the USA in 20th during the cross country portion of the individual Gundersen 10k event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA in 24th during Wednesday’s individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three nordic combined events of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Four athletes, including reigning Olympic Champion Billy Demong, were nominated today to the 014 U.S. Olympic team in nordic combined. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
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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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