American Demong wins nordic combined World Cup event |

American Demong wins nordic combined World Cup event

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Bill Demong of USA celebrates his victory in the Nordic combined World Cup in Ramsau, Austria, on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Andreas Schaad)

RAMSAU, Austria ” American Bill Demong won a nordic combined event Saturday for his first World Cup title of the season and fourth overall.

The 28-year-old was second with a 92.5-meter jump and finished the 10-kilometer freestyle cross-country ski race in 25 minutes, 59.4 seconds to beat Germany’s Bjorn Kircheisen by 28.3 seconds.

“On the jump hill it was tough conditions,” Demong said on the U.S. Ski Team website. “It was a little bit windy and snowy. … In those kind of conditions you just have to have confidence and go for it.

“On the cross country course it was dumping and it was windy, but I was able to just go out and ski my own race and hang on to the victory.”

Jan Schmid of Norway took third, 37.3 behind Demong.

Demong, of Vermontville, N.Y., was third overall in the World Cup last season and a silver medalist at the world championships in Japan. He climbed to third place in the standings after five events this season.

“Bill did great today. He was given an opportunity and he took advantage of it,” nordic combined coach Chris Gilbertson said. “It’s a boost. It gives him confidence and we know we were doing the right things in the summer. We’ll just keep building on it.”

Wilhelm Denifl of Austria won the jumping discipline but dropped to fourth overall after posting the 38th best time in the cross-country race.

Magnus Moan of Norway was the fastest skier but finished 16th overall due to a disappointing jump.

Another nordic combined event in Ramsau is scheduled for Sunday.

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