Nordic Combined: Demong wins last race, Koivuranta takes title


American World Champion nordic combined skier Billy Demong ended the 2009 World Cup season with a gold medal around his neck today, winning a competition in Vinkersund, Norway.

The New York native finished today’s jumping portion in 17th  then powered his way through the competition to beat second-place finisher, Norway’s Petter Tande, by 9.8 seconds. Tande’s teammate Mikko Kokslien added another medal for the home team today, pulling in the bronze.
 
The win marked Demong’s fifth win of the season, he added five more podiums to finish the season third in the overall standings with 1160 points. 

Finn Anssi Koivuranta (eighth today) took home the crystal globe as the 2009 World Cup title holder. He won seven competitions this season and had 15 top-three finishes for a total of 1461 points. The 21-year-old had never won a World Cup competition before this year. He beat runner-up, Norwegian Magnus Moan by 111 points. Moan had seven wins of his own this year, his best year ever, bet fell short with five less top-three finishes than Koivuranta. He finished 13th today.       

OFFICIAL RESULTS
DKB FIS NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP
Vikersund, Norway – March 15, 2009
Individual Gundersen Start – HS117
(jump rank, XC rank, time back)

1. Billy Demong, Vermontville, NY, (17/2) 26:31.6
2. Petter Tande, Norway, (12/7) +9.8
3. Mikko Kokslien, Norway (34/1) +10.3
4. Jason Lamy Chappuis, France, (17/4) +15.6
5. Janne Ryynaenen, Finland, (10/9) +22.9

American World Champion nordic combined skier Billy Demong ended the 2009 World Cup season with the “King’s Cup” in his hands, winning a competition in Vinkersund, Norway.

“It is a nice to finish the season with five podium places in the last five competitions,” said Demong. “These results give me a lot of motivation to start the training in view of the next season. In 2009/10, the focus is on the Olympic Winter Games, but I’d like to compete for the overall in two year’s time.”

The New York native finished today’s jumping portion in 17th  then powered his way through the competition to beat second-place finisher, Norway’s Petter Tande, by 9.8 seconds. Tande’s teammate Mikko Kokslien added another medal for the home team today, pulling in the bronze.
 
The win marked Demong’s fifth win of the season, he added five more podiums to finish the season third in the overall standings with 1160 points. 

Finn Anssi Koivuranta (eighth today) took home the crystal globe as the 2009 World Cup title holder. He won seven competitions this season and had 15 top-three finishes for a total of 1461 points. The 21-year-old had never won a World Cup competition before this year. He beat runner-up, Norwegian Magnus Moan by 111 points. Moan had seven wins of his own this year, his best year ever, bet fell short with five less top-three finishes than Koivuranta. He finished 13th today.       
 


Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  17  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   26:31.6
 2  12  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   26:41.4
 3  34  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   26:41.9
 4  18  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   26:47.2
 5  10  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   26:54.5
 6  5  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   26:56.6
 7  23  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   26:59.8
 8  4  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   27:03.0
 9  29  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   27:03.4
 10  14  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   27:04.4
 11  3  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   27:07.1
 12  1  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   27:13.8
 13  43  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   27:28.1
 14  26  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   27:32.8
 15  11  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   27:34.6
 16  9  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   27:40.8
 17  41  200 HASENEY Sebastian  1978  GER   27:48.5
 18  30  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   27:52.1
 19  24  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   27:56.4
 20  7  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   28:01.1
 21  32  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   28:04.1
 22  48  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   28:06.7
 23  25  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   28:08.3
 24  38  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   28:11.5
 25  2  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   28:17.5
 26  13  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   28:21.5
 27  19  683 RIAN Espen  1981  NOR   28:31.3
 28  20  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   28:36.1
 29  8  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   28:42.6
 30  54  1621 STORLIEN Ole Martin  1988  NOR   28:44.5
 31  15  294 GUENTER Andreas  1988  GER   28:49.6
 32  21  981 CAMEROTA Eric  1985  USA   28:53.1
 33  45  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   28:58.3
 34  35  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   29:01.8
 35  46  1015 PICHLMAYER Marco  1987  AUT   29:10.1
 36  36  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   29:12.6
 37  42  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   29:14.9
 38  47  1660 WENDEL Ole-Christian  1992  NOR   29:16.5
 39  40  217 HETTICH Georg  1978  GER   29:19.8
 40  39  1474 TUPPURAINEN Ville  1988  FIN   29:25.2
 41  16  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   29:27.6
 42  50  989 CAMEROTA Brett  1985  USA   29:36.7
 43  44  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   29:39.5
 44  49  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   29:40.6
 45  53  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   29:40.8
 46  57  1414 NERMOEN Jonas  1986  NOR   29:43.5
 47  37  1469 MAKA Marcin  1985  POL   29:47.6
 48  6  1479 PANIN Ivan  1987  RUS   29:54.9
 49  31  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   30:11.3
 50  58  1387 AAM Torkild Rasmussen  1986  NOR   30:12.0
 51  27  653 ENGLERT Toni  1988  GER   30:25.6
 52  56  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   30:42.0
 53  52  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   31:21.4
 54  59  1027 PESELJ Felix  1990  ITA   31:43.2
 55  28  1689 NABEEV Niyaz  1989  RUS   31:44.0
 56  33  1461 SLOWIOK Pawel  1992  POL   31:50.2
 57  51  1563 RUNGGALDIER Mattia  1992  ITA   32:14.3
Did not start
   55  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   
   3  1413 KROG Magnus  1987  NOR   
Did not finish
   22  971 BJOERN Jan Christian  1984  NOR   

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