Demong in second at break


— Bill Demong had the third-fastest 7.5-kilometer race Sunday and finished sixth in a World Cup event in Seefeld, Austria.

The event was shortened because of bad weather, but Demong held onto second place in the overall World Cup point standings. Steamboat Springs' Johnny Spillane was 27th Sunday in a sprint won by Jason Lamy Chappuis of France.

Organizers originally scheduled an individual competition, two jumps and a 15-kilometer race. However, forecasts of nasty weather for Sunday convinced officials to stage one jump Saturday after the lone jump in a sprint (and before the 7.5K race was held). That jump was to be held for Sunday's competition, which eventually was trimmed to a second sprint because of unsafe, gusting winds.

Chappuis jumped to second place before Austrian Bernhard Gruber. He started 12 seconds behind Gruber in the three-lap race and finished 4.5 seconds ahead of him. Third place went to another Austrian, Christoph Bieler. Demong was seventh in the jumping and started 62 seconds behind Gruber and, although he had the third-fastest time, couldn't gain on the leaders.

He moved up one place and finished 20 seconds back. Spillane, 32nd in the one jumping round, moved up to 27th with the 13th-fastest race.

"This was a much flatter course than the one (Saturday). They just seemed to add (one kilometer) of dead, flat skiing out in a field. So the guys up front were able to stay away," Demong said. "And then nobody wanted to do anything where I was, so I wound up leading this big train (group) into the last part of the final lap."

"They all skied fast up front," U.S. Nordic Combined head coach Lasse Ottesen said. "Bill had another good race, too, but the goal today was to win, so in that sense it's a disappointment. He stays second in the points, but he's tired, so it will be good for Bill - and for Johnny, too - to get some time at home. Then they can come back ready to roll again for the last month of the season."

After 15 events, Germany's Ronny Ackermann leads with 956 points and Demong has 741. Lamy Chappuis is third at 713, with Spillane in 15th place (276).

The final period of the Warsteiner FIS World Cup schedule begins Feb. 15 to 17 with three events in Liberec, Czech Republic, host of the 2009 FIS Nordic World Championships.


tom bedell 9 years, 2 months ago

if Billy can get his jumping on track, the rest of the field is in big trouble. Best of luck to Johnny and Billy for the rest of the season and especially Worlds!


nordicskier 9 years, 2 months ago

I love you Billy and Johnny! You are the best.Keep going


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