Billy Demong is always on the go, which is good considering he's either flying through the air or tearing up a cross country course—as well as taking the USA’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in nordic combined in the process. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Taylor Fletcher, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, earned the top spot for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team Saturday when he finished 22nd at the Holmenkollen individual 10k Gundersen World Cup.
U.S. Nordic veteran Billy Demong, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, charged from behind to finish 10th in the individual 10k Gundersen World Cup on Thursday in Trondheim, Norway.
Todd Lodwick and Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Taylor Fletcher skied into the top spot for the USA in 20th during the cross country portion of the individual Gundersen 10k event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA in 24th during Wednesday’s individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three nordic combined events of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Four athletes, including reigning Olympic Champion Billy Demong, were nominated today to the 014 U.S. Olympic team in nordic combined. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Bryan Fletcher, seen here at 2013 World Championships, skied into the top five Saturday during the 15k finale of the first-ever FIS World Cup Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld.
Bryan Fletcher, seen here at the 2014 Olympic Trials in Park City, held onto his sixth-place position in the second stage of the Seefeld nordic combined triple FIS Word Cup Saturday.
Bryan Fletcher, seen here jumping at U.S. Championships, took the top spot for the USA in sixth during the prologue of the first-ever nordic combined triple FIS World Cup Friday in Seefeld, Austria.
Bryan Fletcher and Billy Demong, both seen here at U.S. Olympic Trials, battled for the lead throughout the team sprint but eventually settled for seventh Sunday in the FIS World Cup nordic combined team event in Chaux Neuve, France.
Olympic champion Billy Demong (seen here at U.S. Olympic Trials) took 13th, the top finish for the USA, Saturday in the FIS World Cup nordic combined at Chaux Neuve.
Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick earned an historic nomination to his sixth Olympic team Saturday with a victory at the 2014 Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong and Taylor Fletcher finished up training Friday on the cross country track in preparation of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
How will the athletes of the USSA be celebrating the holidays this year? Some, including the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, will be preparing for Olympic Trials. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
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The American catalyst that shook the nordic world in Vancouver, Billy Demong has not slowed down since his historic Olympic win on the large hill. Since then he got married, started raising a son and returned to competitive form after a brief break from the sport—just in time for another run at gold.
The 2013 season saw Demong compete and push his teammates to new levels. Demong anchored a solid full-team performance to win bronze in the nordic combined team event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. It was the first ever full-team event medal for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team at any World Championships. Earlier in the season, he and his four-man squad finished third at the Schonach World Cup stop.
The upstate New York native has been on seven World Championships teams and has won eight U.S. titles. His four medals with teammate Todd Lodwick at the 2009 Worlds were an historic accomplishment, a feat only outshone by the following year’s four-medal effort at Vancouver, where Demong became the first U.S. Nordic athlete to win a gold medal.
But in addition to a stellar competitive career, Demong has helped the sport grow locally, acting as mentor to many of the younger athletes that are quickly rising on the international stage. Unlike four years ago, Demong is now surrounded by a much larger core of athletes, all of whom will represent the stars and stripes at the highest level in the next few years.
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