Billy Demong, who famously helped earn historic firsts with gold and silver Olympic medals in Nordric Combined events at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, was married to Katie Koczynski on Sunday, July 11, 2010 in Lake Placid, NY.
Koczynski and Demong were married at the Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club by town justice Jim Rogers. The couple’s guest list was a regular Who’s Who of Olympic and elite athletes including Demong’s teammates and groomsmen Johnny Spillane, who was the best man, and Todd Lodwick. U.S. Cross Country Ski Team member Andy Newell was also there.
“There are a lot of former and current athletes across many sports that Katie and I both know,” said Demong. “She was on the bobsled-skeleton team. We had all sorts of fun guests.”
The traditional wedding was set on a golf course, with the nearby bobsled/skeleton site and the ski jumping site serving as the backdrop, a fitting scene for the pair as they move into a new chapter in their lives.
The newlyweds spent their wedding night at the Mirror Lake Inn which is owned by fellow Olympic super G bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht’s family, before heading off on their honeymoon.
“We’re going to stay around here. It’s so pretty and we have a house on the lake,” said Demong. “It’s a little secluded. We have to get there by boat.”
Demong proposed to Koczynski in February at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver at the U.S. Ski Team/Spyder House in front of his teammates, family, sponsors and USSA staff. Earlier that day, Demong had won gold in the large hill competition and was elected flag-bearer at closing ceremonies.
The newlyweds will settle into their home in Utah where he trains at the Center of Excellence.
Demong will rejoin the Team for U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Park City, July 30-Aug. 1.