Comeback Kid: Demong Wins World Championship Gold

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 28, 2009 7:45 am

Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) helped his American teammates forget the bib flub with a World Championship win today, in the final nordic combined event of the 2009 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships, in Liberec, Czech Republic. Demong’s gold is the fourth for the USA at this year’s Championships, and the first World title for the athlete. His golden win also comes just two days after he was disqualified for losing his bib minutes before his ski jump in the team competition, which knocked the Americans out of the running for a medal.

As Demong sat waiting for his turn to jump, he smiled and waved his bib in front of a TV camera. "I was pretty disappointed, more for them than for myself, like I let them down," Demong told the AP. "But they said right away, ‘It’s a stupid mistake and an accident, let’s just go home and forget about this day.’"

And now they have. Demong was in seventh after the ski jump portion of the competition, but pushed ahead in the cross-country section to notch the win.  It was tight, but by the sixth kilometer, Demong had a comfortable lead, and shouted across the finish line as he raised his hands in glory. 

photo: USSA