Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong was back on the World Cup podium Sunday after making up a minute and 22 second deficit to finish less than four seconds behind Japan’s Akito Watabe. Demong was 17th after the jump but posted the fastest cross country time to secure the third place podium spot. This is his first World Cup podium since a win in back in Jan. 2010.
“It feels good to be back on the podium. I hadn’t really thought about it until we got to the press conference and realized the last time I was on a World Cup podium was when we were in Val di Fiemme in 2010 right before the Olympics. It’s been two years, and same location. It’s good because it’s the site of the World Championships next year”, said Demong.
The entire team had a strong showing, Bryan Fletcher matched his career best World Cup finish with seventh, moving up two spots after jumping to ninth. Taylor Fletcher, fresh off a Continental Cup win, earned his highest World Cup result after jumping to 33rd and finishing 14th. Johnny Spillane pushed through a week-long illness to take 19th place.
The U.S. Team will take a week break and rejoin the World Cup in Klingenthal, Germany Feb. 18-19.