Steamboat Springs Bill Demong again skied to a strong finish Wednesday, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team athlete cruising from seventh to second in a Continental Cup Nordic combined event at Soldier Hollow, Utah.
Demong posted the fourth-fastest ski time of the day as he worked his way up, finishing 10.6 seconds behind Austria’s Tomax Druml. Lukas Runggaldier, of Italy, was third, about two seconds back of Demong. He used the day’s fastest time to move on to the podium.
“I really thought I had a chance to win today,” Demong, who did win Tuesday’s race, said Wednesday in a U.S. Ski Team press release. “I was just struggling to stay 10 seconds behind the lead group for a long time and finally was able to start catching them as we got closer to the finish line and managed to get second place.”
Park City skier Nick Hendrickson finished ninth, skiing up from 22nd, while Adam Loomis was 14th, taking a giant leap over the field after a 31st-place jump.
Steamboat skier Ben Berend was 23rd, losing 10 places after he jumped into 13th. Michael Ward was 33rd, Aleck Gantick 35th, Tyler Smith 37th and Erik Lynch 39th.
The race was the second of three back-to-back Continental Cup events in Utah.
“Actually crossing in second felt like a victory,” Demong said. “It's really a tight level and good training for me, and I'm also psyched to be home and able to compete with such a strong field in front of a good crowd. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
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