The two-man team of Billy Demong and Bryan Fletcher combined Saturday to land sixth in a team event at the site of the 2013 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Fletcher is shown here jumping in Chaux-Neuve, France. (Getty Images/AFP-Jeff Pachoud)
VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Feb. 4) – The two-man team of Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) combined Saturday to land sixth in a team event at the site of the 2013 World Championships in Val di Fiemme. The team was seeded fifth after the jump, but fell one spot in the two-by-7.5k cross country race. The duo's combined efforts helped close the gap, finishing just over 19 seconds behind Norway's winning team of Magnus Moan and Mikko Kokslien.
The team of Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) started the cross country race with a .36 deficit, closing the gap to finish over 19 seconds behind Norway.
The second U.S. team comprised of Johnny Spillane and Taylor Fletcher (both Steamboat Springs, CO) finished 10th, a minute and 50 seconds behind Norway's winning team.
U.S. II (Spillane, Fletcher) jumped to 13th.
Norway's winning team was eighth after the jump, but both skied the fastest cross country legs, making up a .58 deficit to take the win.
World Cup weekend continues in Val di Fiemme, site of the 2013 World Championships, tomorrow with an individual Gundersen.
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Head Nordic Combined Coach It was an exciting race today with great jumping from all four guys. Both teams were in the hunt halfway through the race.
Johnny is still recovering from sickness and didn't feel awesome but stayed tough.
We had some trouble on a couple exchanges due to the tight exchange zone that allowed other teams to get ahead of us.
Billy was there at the end for the podium but couldn't quite match the short burst up the last hill and got dropped a bit. Still two in the top 10 is a good. We know we are putting ourselves in position to podium almost every weekend but haven't had things line up quite right yet. It is coming.