Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) will be in the lineup for this week’s International Ski Federation Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. (Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah (Dec. 16) – Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) will be in the lineup for this week’s International Ski Federation Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. Demong, fresh off a season-best top 10 at a World Cup in Austria on Sunday, is flying back specifically to ski in the Dec. 17-19 Continental Cup and hopefully earn an additional World Cup quota spot for the USA that is vital for the team’s Sochi preparation.
Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) is taking a short break from the World Cup tour to ski in this week’s International Ski Federation Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow, Utah’s 2002 Olympic venues.
Demong scored a season-best ninth in a World Cup Sunday in Ramsau, Austria.
Competition will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with jumping at the Utah Olympic Park at 10:30 a.m. each day and a 10k cross country race at Soldier Hollow at 2:00 p.m.
The U.S. Ski Team is hoping Demong can score top-three finishes to earn the USA an additional quota spot on the World Cup tour.
Other top U.S. athletes who will compete in the Continental Cup include Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI), Michael Ward (Aspen, CO), Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) as well as Ben Berend, Aleck Gantick, Tyler Smith and Erik Lynch (all four of Steamboat Springs, CO). All qualified at trials in Steamboat Springs earlier this month and are part of either the U.S. Ski Team’s B Team or the National Training Group.
Loomis had a top five two years ago in the Utah event while Ward scored a career-best last year.
QUOTES Greg Poirier, Nordic Combined Coach, U.S. Ski Team Bill has a job to do. His goal is to finish ranked among the top three to earn our team a fifth World Cup quota spot as we enter period two and the final Olympic selection block. Having that extra quota spot is vital in our preparation for Sochi.
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