Nordic Combined: Demong wins again


World Champion nordic combine skier, American Bill Demong won his fourth World Cup event of the season today in Lahti, Finland. The New York native finished sixth in the jumping portion and fifth in the cross country race to grab his seventh career World Cup victory. He now stands in third place in the overall standings.

World Cup leader, Finland’s Anssi Koivuranta finished second after leading following the jumps. Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis earned the bronze, taking second in the jump and 16th in the cross country race.

Three nordic combined events remain on the World Cup schedule.  

World Champion nordic combine skier, American Bill Demong won his fourth World Cup event of the season today in Lahti, Finland. The New York native finished sixth in the jumping portion and fifth in the cross country race to grab his seventh career World Cup victory. He now stands in third place in the overall standings.

“I would say that today’s competition was the hardest in this season,” said Demong. “I had a good jump, but the race was very difficult. I had to dig deep and I was actually a little bit surprised to pull away from those guys on the last lap.”

“The most impressive thing today out of Bill was his jump. He had some of the worst conditions on the hill and had an awesome jump,” U.S. nordic combined head coach Dave Jarrett said. “Had he had conditions that were similar to what other athletes had, he could have won the jumps. It was impressive.”

The U.S. nordic combined team took three weeks off prior to the World Championships, a move Demong credits for his recent success.

“I think last year I was a little bit down at the end of the season. I think part of the reason I took three weeks off prior to worlds was to get ready for the Championships, but also to try to keep fresh physically and mentally for the last push of the season,” Demong said. “Today really helps me to not only keep the momentum, but keep me psyched for these last few competitions. After today I’m pretty fired up to keep going.”

World Cup leader, Finland’s Anssi Koivuranta finished second after leading following the jumps. Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis earned the bronze, taking second in the jump and 16th in the cross country race. Norway’s Magnus Moan took fourth after winning the cross country portion of the event. He currently stands in second in the overall rankings.

“Today, I was really satisfied to be able to compete again (after having been ill at the World Championships). I showed strength in jumping and running,” said Koivuranta. “Coming in runner-up could become very important because the fight for the overall between Magnus, Moan and me is still tight, and every point will count at the end.”

Three nordic combined events remain on the World Cup schedule including tomorrow’s event.  


Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  6  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   26:10.8
 2  1  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   26:18.0
 3  2  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   26:22.3
 4  20  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   26:42.5
 5  4  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   27:11.0
 6  7  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   27:11.5
 7  9  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   27:20.5
 8  25  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   27:26.0
 9  13  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   27:28.2
 10  10  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   27:30.2
 11  18  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   27:31.8
 12  17  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   27:39.5
 13  15  683 RIAN Espen  1981  NOR   27:41.1
 14  19  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   27:41.5
 15  14  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   27:43.0
 16  31  1660 WENDEL Ole-Christian  1992  NOR   27:44.6
 17  23  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   27:44.8
 18  3  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   27:55.5
 19  22  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   28:09.1
 20  29  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   28:19.0
 21  26  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   28:25.5
 22  41  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   28:32.9
 23  36  200 HASENEY Sebastian  1978  GER   28:48.6
 24  5  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   29:05.2
 25  42  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   29:11.8
 26  34  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   29:13.6
 27  45  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   29:14.5
 28  39  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   29:18.3
 29  43  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   29:20.2
 30  11  1473 ASIKAINEN Lauri  1989  FIN   29:22.1
 31  44  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   29:30.7
 32  33  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   29:31.4
 33  35  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   29:31.8
 34  30  217 HETTICH Georg  1978  GER   29:38.2
 35  48  1015 PICHLMAYER Marco  1987  AUT   29:41.5
 36  12  604 ZAUNER David  1985  AUT   29:46.4
 37  16  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   29:53.5
 38  21  294 GUENTER Andreas  1988  GER   30:05.0
 39  51  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   30:15.7
 40  40  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   30:21.1
 41  24  1228 LEETOJA Aldo  1988  EST   30:28.5
 42  27  1474 TUPPURAINEN Ville  1988  FIN   30:30.6
 43  28  653 ENGLERT Toni  1988  GER   30:42.5
 44  8  637 BRESADOLA Davide  1988  ITA   30:49.9
 45  38  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   31:06.3
 46  37  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   31:16.7
 47  49  981 CAMEROTA Eric  1985  USA   31:49.8
 48  54  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   31:52.1
 49  55  1486 PIHO Kail  1991  EST   31:55.3
 50  52  705 KAEHKOENEN Ville  1984  FIN   32:05.7
 51  50  164 SAVILL Wesley  1989  CAN   32:27.6
 52  56  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   33:55.9
Disqualified
   1  1553 KUHLBERG Mikael  1990  FIN   
Did not start
   53  1548 HAERTULL Jim  1990  FIN   
   47  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   
   32  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   
   30  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   
   25  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   
Did not finish
   46  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   


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