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Nordic Combined: Demong takes silver in Vikersund


American nordic combined skier and world champion, Bill Demong took second place at the penultimate World Cup competition of the season in Vikersund, Norway today. 

The podium read like a who’s who in the sport as World Cup leader, Finn Anssi Koivuranta took home the gold ahead of Norway’s Magnus Moan, who stands second in the overall rankings. Demong is third overall.

Demong came out of the jumping leg in 16th, then made up ground in the cross country race finishing second.

The podium was Demong’s ninth of the season, while Koivuranta hauled in his seventh victory of 2009.

Koivuranta now leads Moan by a convincing 99points in the race to the crystal globe. 

The World Cup nordic combined season concludes tomorrow with a final competition in Vinkersund.

American nordic combined skier and world champion, Bill Demong took second place at the penultimate World Cup competition of the season in Vikersund, Norway today. 

“I was sure that Magnus would come up but I thought that we together would catch Anssi,” said Demong. “I’m happy with my second place; it is the fourth podium spot in a row for me.”

The podium read like a who’s who in the sport as World Cup leader, Finn Anssi Koivuranta took home the gold ahead of Norway’s Magnus Moan, who stands second in the overall rankings. Demong is third overall.

Demong came out of the jumping leg in 16th, then made up ground in the cross country race finishing second.

The podium was Demong’s ninth of the season, while Koivuranta hauled in his seventh victory of 2009.

“This was a good day for me; I celebrated my seventh career victory; I had one of my best jumps during the whole season; and I succeeded in a very hard race in one of my biggest ever cross-country fights,” said Koivuranta. “Now I am leading in the overall with 99 points and things look pretty good.”

Koivuranta now leads Moan by a convincing 99 points in the race to the crystal globe, and will only need two points (a 29th place) from the final race tomorrow to take the title should Moan would win the competition. “I won’t celebrate tonight but maybe tomorrow night. I will keep going to do all the things I’ve done before all other races, too,” said Koivuranta. “I want just to stay relaxed and to enjoy the last competition.”

Demong consolidated his third place in the overall standings and cannot be outplaced by fourth place Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany who has a disadvantage of 132 points.

The World Cup nordic combined season concludes tomorrow with a final competition in Vinkersund.


 1  1  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   26:03.9
 2  16  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   26:10.4
 3  24  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   26:17.1
 4  5  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   26:20.0
 5  10  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   26:23.0
 6  14  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   26:32.6
 7  8  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   26:41.5
 8  19  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   26:50.5
 9  13  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   26:52.9
 10  12  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   26:55.8
 11  7  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   26:59.4
 12  15  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   27:02.6
 13  6  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   27:02.8
 14  23  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   27:10.4
 15  27  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   27:23.7
 16  3  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   27:25.3
 17  2  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   27:29.1
 18  22  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   27:29.8
 19  30  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   27:30.1
 20  28  200 HASENEY Sebastian  1978  GER   27:32.9
 21  32  1621 STORLIEN Ole Martin  1988  NOR   27:33.3
 22  50  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   27:56.8
 23  4  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   27:58.8
 24  17  981 CAMEROTA Eric  1985  USA   28:01.6
 25  35  683 RIAN Espen  1981  NOR   28:16.0
 26  18  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   28:24.4
 27  11  971 BJOERN Jan Christian  1984  NOR   28:31.6
 28  37  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   28:34.5
 29  36  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   28:39.5
 30  51  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   28:41.5
 31  53  1414 NERMOEN Jonas  1986  NOR   28:46.5
 32  26  294 GUENTER Andreas  1988  GER   28:51.2
 33  47  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   29:01.8
 34  33  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   29:05.6
 35  42  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   29:13.7
 36  31  653 ENGLERT Toni  1988  GER   29:15.6
 37  49  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   29:15.6
 38  40  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   29:16.8
 39  43  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   29:18.7
 40  41  217 HETTICH Georg  1978  GER   29:19.7
 41  29  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   29:29.4
 42  25  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   29:41.0
 43  44  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   29:47.7
 44  39  1474 TUPPURAINEN Ville  1988  FIN   29:58.4
 45  54  1387 AAM Torkild Rasmussen  1986  NOR   30:12.0
 46  21  1462 CIESLAR Adam  1992  POL   30:16.4
 47  52  1027 PESELJ Felix  1990  ITA   30:36.5
 48  48  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   30:37.9
 49  59  989 CAMEROTA Brett  1985  USA   30:45.7
 50  46  1469 MAKA Marcin  1985  POL   30:51.0
 51  45  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   30:53.5
 52  55  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   31:05.9
 53  57  1689 NABEEV Niyaz  1989  RUS   33:51.1
Did not start
   34  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   
   4  1413 KROG Magnus  1987  NOR   
Did not finish
   58  647 MUNARI Daniele  1983  ITA   
   56  1660 WENDEL Ole-Christian  1992  NOR   
   38  1015 PICHLMAYER Marco  1987  AUT   
   20  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   
   9  1479 PANIN Ivan  1987  RUS   

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