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Nordic Combined: Demong Returns to the Podium

Japan’s Akito Watabe captured the victory in the Individual Gundersen competition at the World Cup Nordic Combined today (Feb. 5) in Val di Fiemme with a time of 28:27.8 minutes. Today’s win moves Watabe into the third place position overall in the Nordic Combined World Cup standings. Norway’s Mikko Kokslien took second.

It was a successful day for the Americans as well; Bill Demong finished third, making this his first podium place since his victory in Val di Fiemme in 2010.

“Today I was a little more patient and made it happen. At the end of the race I had enough energy left to keep pushing.” Said Demong. “The courses are super hard here. They are revamped. I don’t know if I ever skied a harder cross country course than today.”

U.S. teammate Bryon Fletcher matched his career best World Cup finish in seventh place and Taylor Fletcher earned his highest World Cup result, finishing fourteenth.    

“They did a really good job pacing and not doing too much at the front to help other people.” said U.S. head nordic combined coach Dave Jarrett, “They were in control the whole time. We’ve been putting a lot of energy into getting it going now and hopefully we can keep it rolling.”

The World Cup Nordic Combined will continue in Almaty, Kazakhstan next weekend (Feb. 11-12).

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  1  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   28:27.8
 2  14  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   28:30.8
 3  17  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   28:31.7
 4  13  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   28:35.7
 5  10  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   28:41.3
 6  2  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   28:45.9
 7  9  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   28:46.4
 8  6  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   28:55.9
 9  15  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   28:57.5
 10  24  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   29:10.7
 11  19  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   29:11.1
 12  28  100002 GRAABAK Joergen  1991  NOR   29:11.3
 13  3  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   29:11.8
 14  33  1439 FLETCHER Taylor  1990  USA   29:19.0
 15  30  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   29:19.5
 16  39  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   29:30.4
 17  20  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   29:33.1
 18  34  759 NAGAI Hideaki  1983  JPN   29:33.3
 19  18  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   29:36.8
 20  32  467 RIESSLE Fabian  1990  GER   29:39.5
 21  5  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   29:41.2
 22  8  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   29:43.6
 23  22  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   29:47.4
 24  4  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   29:51.6
 25  42  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   29:55.3
 26  23  1669 STORLIEN Gudmund  1990  NOR   29:56.3
 27  37  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   29:58.8
 28  35  1548 HAERTULL Jim  1990  FIN   30:11.8
 29  43  1192 DRUML Tomaz  1988  AUT   30:12.5
 30  21  1700 WATABE Yoshito  1991  JPN   30:15.1
 31  27  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   30:15.3
 32  25  1737 MORWEISER Janis  1991  GER   30:21.2
 33  26  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   30:32.0
 34  54  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   30:49.3
 35  7  1600 FAISST Manuel  1993  GER   30:50.8
 36  51  1796 JOHANSEN Truls Soenstehagen  1991  NOR   30:52.4
 37  53  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   31:01.4
 38  36  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   31:07.8
 39  48  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   31:12.5
 40  50  1562 COSTA Samuel  1992  ITA   31:14.1
 41  38  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   31:21.0
 42  47  591 KAMMERLANDER Tobias  1986  AUT   31:24.5
 43  16  1479 PANIN Ivan  1987  RUS   31:27.3
 44  41  1687 LEINONEN Mikke  1992  FIN   31:32.0
 45  12  1671 SEIDL Mario  1992  AUT   31:33.1
 46  49  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   31:38.4
 47  31  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   31:41.7
 48  52  1563 RUNGGALDIER Mattia  1992  ITA   31:48.4
 49  46  1760 ORTER Philipp  1994  AUT   31:59.2
 50  44  1138 YAMAMOTO Shun  1988  JPN   32:05.5
 51  40  1424 HAVRANEK Lukas  1990  CZE   32:15.7
 52  55  1204 MARTIN Nicolas  1989  FRA   33:08.7
Disqualified
   45  960 MASLENNIKOV Sergej  1982  RUS   
Did not finish
   29  1434 JELENKO Marjan  1991  SLO   
   11  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   

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