Nordic Worlds: Demong becomes world champion


American nordic combined skier Bill Demong became a world champion today, wining the individual gundersen event at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. After finishing the jumping portion of the event in eight place, he surged to a third-place finish in the cross country race and took home the gold. The result marks his second podium of these championships, the first was a third-place finish last Sunday.

Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen grabbed the silver medal, while Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis rode his lead in the jumping portion to a third-place finish.

Demong’s teammate, two-time gold medalist at these championships, Todd Lodwick finished tenth.

American nordic combined skier Bill Demong became a world champion today, wining the individual gundersen event at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. After finishing the jumping portion of the event in eight place, he surged to a third-place finish in the cross country race and took home the gold. The result marks his second podium of these championships, the first was a third-place finish last Sunday.

“It was such a calculated race. I was so wrapped up in the strategy and it was really soft snow so I was concentrating on technique. I didn’t think about what the ramifications were until I looked at the big screen and saw myself in the lead crossing the line,” Demong said.

Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen grabbed the silver medal, while Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis rode his lead in the jumping portion to a third-place finish.

Demong’s teammate, two-time gold medalist at these championships, Todd Lodwick finished tenth.

Demong came into this the final nordic combined competition of the championships, looking for redemption after the U.S. team was disqualified from Thursday’s team event when he misplaced his starting bib. “I owed it to them,” he said. “Thursday was rough. After it happened it was odd, I actually needed my team’s support. I really felt that I let them down, so today is dedicated to them. They told me to forget about it.”

Demong’s gold marks the fourth for the U.S. at this year’s championships. He adds the world championship to his three World Cup wins this season.

While the gold medal brought peace of mind after Thursday’s blunder, Demong sees sharing a podium with teammate Lodwick as the highlight of his career.

“Todd coming back has made a huge impact on our team. To have a teammate be the guy who was unbeatable has been amazing,” Demong said. “When I think about this Championships, I knew going in we could do it, but there’s a million ways to have it go. We carried our momentum well and were fighting for the win the entire time.”

Mastermind, U.S. nordic combined head coach Dave Jarrett said he believed his team was capable of these results all along. “Everything did come together the way we envisioned it. It’s more validation because we always thought these results were possible,” Jarrett said. “It validates all the work everyone has done. The whole two weeks here have been incredible.”

For highlights from Liberec go to UniversalSports.com.

2009 USA NORDIC COMBINED AND SKI JUMPING MEDALS
Gold – Lindsey Van, women’s ski jumping
Gold – Todd Lodwick, nordic combined mass start
Gold, Todd Lodwick, nordic combined Gundersen start, normal hill
Bronze, Bill Demong, nordic combined Gundersen start, normal hill
Gold, Bill Demong, Nordic combined Gundersen start, large hill


Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  8  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   23:36.6
 2  7  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   23:49.4
 3  1  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   24:08.0
 4  3  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   24:25.6
 5  34  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   24:31.7
 6  11  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   24:33.6
 7  14  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   24:34.7
 8  12  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   24:35.7
 9  10  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   24:47.5
 10  24  27 LODWICK Todd  1976  USA   24:50.1
 11  6  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   24:54.9
 12  17  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   25:04.7
 13  48  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   25:11.6
 14  20  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   25:12.8
 15  19  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   25:16.4
 16  25  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   25:19.6
 17  16  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   25:21.4
 18  23  1015 PICHLMAYER Marco  1987  AUT   25:31.0
 19  41  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   25:33.8
 20  29  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   25:34.6
 21  21  74 ACKERMANN Ronny  1977  GER   25:39.1
 22  32  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   25:43.9
 23  26  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   25:50.5
 24  28  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   25:52.9
 25  22  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   25:59.9
 26  9  1418 BERLOT Gasper  1990  SLO   26:04.4
 27  15  1218 BIERI Joel  1989  SUI   26:08.3
 28  44  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   26:13.9
 29  40  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   26:16.2
 30  18  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   26:21.2
 31  27  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   26:31.4
 32  5  637 BRESADOLA Davide  1988  ITA   26:32.0
 33  4  1473 ASIKAINEN Lauri  1989  FIN   26:32.6
 34  36  981 CAMEROTA Eric  1985  USA   26:42.3
 35  33  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   26:46.9
 36  38  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   26:47.1
 37  46  249 MYSLICKI Jason  1977  CAN   26:50.4
 38  31  1434 JELENKO Marjan  1991  SLO   26:54.6
 39  47  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   27:01.0
 40  51  1486 PIHO Kail  1991  EST   27:12.6
 41  45  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   27:14.6
 42  39  960 MASLENNIKOV Sergej  1982  RUS   27:20.0
 43  30  1479 PANIN Ivan  1987  RUS   27:39.2
 44  54  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   27:40.3
 45  35  1151 KAMENEV Anton  1986  RUS   28:06.9
 46  57  722 TRACHUK Volodymyr  1985  UKR   28:08.8
 47  43  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   28:13.5
 48  37  1689 NABEEV Niyaz  1989  RUS   28:42.5
 49  50  1228 LEETOJA Aldo  1988  EST   28:51.8
 50  52  1485 NURMSALU Kaarel  1991  EST   28:52.2
 51  53  357 SOBOLEV Ivan  1983  BLR   29:11.1
 52  13  1488 TIIRMAA Karl-August  1989  EST   29:15.5
 53  56  1641 KHOMIN Oleksiy  1990  UKR   29:32.1
 54  42  1531 SOKOLENKO Konstantin  1987  KAZ   29:39.6
Did not start
   58  1540 PARKHOMCHUK Andriy  1988  UKR   
   49  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   
   2  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   
Did not finish
   55  1534 POLUSHIN Vladimir  1988  KAZ   

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