Billy Demong, shown here at the Utah Olympic Park, skied to his best finish since the Olympic season finishing 11th in Ramsau.
RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 10) - Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) skied to his best finish since the Olympic season, finishing 11th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Ramsau. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 21st with Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) returning to the World Cup to finish 29th. Norway's Jan Schmid took the win in a closely contested battle for the podium.
QUOTES Billy Demong Today was definetly much better jumping for me. I tried some new ski's and it seemed to work! I thought going into the race that I might have a chance to win but the course was pretty flat and fast because of the lack of snow here so it turned into a very pack oriented race. Magnus Krog of Norway and I set out hard and worked really well together exchanging the lead but the group of ten in front of us all worked together and we were always 20 sec behind. I felt awesome in the race though and was able to push really hard the whole way. I had the best legs of the year so far so I think good things wil come when we get back on a more challenging course!