Demong leads US Nordic combined team

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— Billy Demong stayed on a hot streak Sunday, notching a 10th place finish in a World Cup event in Klingenthal, Germany, leading the way for a strong showing by the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.

Demong started in 20th place and skied to 10th, recording the fifth fastest skiing time of the day. Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher, meanwhile, rode from 19th after the jump to 15th. Johnny Spillane was 24th, and Taylor Fletcher moved up 10 spots to finish 29th.

“It was a good race today from Billy and Bryan. Johnny is feeling the effects of being so sick last month. Taylor did a good job, too,” U.S. coach Dave Jarrett said in a press release. “A Finnish competitor crashed and fell in front of Taylor on one of the downhills on the first lap. It cost Taylor some time, but he kept his cool and managed to get in the points. We had four guys in the top 30 again, which is a good thing.”

The team plans to remain in Klingenthal through most of this week before heading to Liberec, Czech Republic, for the next event on the Nordic combined schedule next weekend.

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