Billy Demong, shown here at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo, led the U.S. Sunday. (Getty Images/Bongarts/Christof Koepsel)
OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 8) – The U.S. Ski Team's Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) crossed the finish line first after the three American's worked together to post a stack of results in Oberstdorf. Demong and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) punched into the top-15 with 14th and 15th respectively, while teammate Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 16th. Norway's Mikko Kokslien took the win.
Spillane had the best jump for the U.S. with 20th and started the race one minute 23 seconds back, just in front of Demong and Fletcher
Fletcher skied the eighth fastest cross country time, which was the fastest out of the Americans
Heavy snowfall and wind during the jump and strong snowfall during the cross country race made for challenging conditions
Fellow teammates Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) did not start after finishing out of the top 50 in the provisional competition round jump
Weekend competitions are a reschedule from Schonach
The World Cup now moves to Chaux-Neuve, France Jan. 14-15 for a pair of large hill individual Gundersen events
QUOTES Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Head Coach It was a good day today. All three were close to getting the lead pack but just couldn't close the gap all the way. Jumping was better for Billy and Johnny. Bryan had an awesome trial jump and wanted just a little more in the comp and got a little less. He is solid, though. Good skiing from everyone. Looking forward to Chaux Neuve.