Germans control nordic combined at Worlds, Demong-Lodwick 7-8
The Germans roared through the normal hill competition of the Nordic Combined at World Championships today capturing three of the top four places with Eric Frenzel earning gold, Tino Edelmann silver and Johannes Rydzek finishing fourth. Breaking up the barrage was Austrian Felix Gottwald, earning his ninth career World title meet medal.
The U.S. squad had impressive placings with Bill Demong in seventh, Todd Lodwick eighth, Johnny Spillane 19th and Bryan Fletcher 22nd. Taylor Fletcher was 26th.
The win by Frenzel was a bit of a surprise. The 22 year old had been a steady top five finisher earlier this World Cup season but his results had tailed off a bit in January.
Not so in Olso as he jumped to an early lead, setting hill record, and took a 19 second margin into the cross country leg.
“I am very happy and would like to thank all coaches and especially the technicians,” Krenzel said. “The ten kilometers were very exhausting but in the end it was just super.”
German coach Andreas Bauer said he was hugely gratified with the result from a team so young. He said Frenzel's performance was “assessed particularly high because he had to serve as snowplow the entire distance.”
Demong won the cross country leg in a thick fog at the Holmenkollen cross country stadium. Spectators could barely see the big screen TV, much less the athletes on course.
Young Bryan Fletcher paced the US on the jumps, finishing 10th. But in the cross country race, Demong was on a mission. He paced himself out of the start. And as the race went on, he began picking off places – much like he did in the normal hill event at Vancouver a year ago. In the end, he moved up 22 spots to lead the USA but was still 28 seconds out of the medals.
"We certainly came here to win medals so that part is disappointing," said Head Coach Dave Jarrett. "We had a good streak going and now it's over and we need to look ahead to the next event."
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