Billy Demong, shown here at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Park City, UT, was sixth Sunday. (USSA/Tom Kelly)
CHAUX-NEUVE, France (Jan. 15) – Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) fought from over a minute deficit to ski with the lead pack and finish sixth Sunday. The result is his best World Cup finish since posting fourth in Chaux-Neuve in 2010, just before winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games. Teammate Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) was just behind in eighth, securing his season best result to close out the weekend. Italy's Alessandro Pittin proved undefeatable as he swept the third and final World Cup of the weekend.
Season best result for Billy Demong finishing sixth after jumping to 21st
Sixth marks Demong's best World Cup result since placing fourth on the same venue in 2010
Demong skied the third fastest race while Johnny Spillane was fifth fastest
Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) finished the weekend with a 26th while Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 39th
Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) was 49th, gaining valuable World Cup experience
Races in Zakopane, Poland were canceled for the end of the month. The tour continues Feb 3-5 in Val di Fiemme, Italy, location of the 2013 World Championships.
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach Billy and Johnny were right there. You have to be in that position to do it. It was a fight for second. The level of cross country is quite a bit higher and it's hard to get away – this course made it hard to get separation.
It was a positive weekend for Nick and Taylor. Really good jumping by Taylor this weekend. We know he's there on both sides and we just know it's a matter of putting it together in the comps.
We're going to train at home now for 10 days. Nick, Brett [Denney] and Taylor will go to Continental Cup next week.
We had a great weekend, we like it here. The crowds are great. We wish every weekend could be like in Chaux-Neuve.