VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 13) – Bill Demong (Vermontville, NY) protected his second-place ranking Sunday as he finished seventh in a nordic combined World Cup sprint. He had the fastest time for the third straight race and moved up 18 places after jumping. Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) was fifth fastest and finished 11th.
Germany's Sebastien Haseney, who was two-tenths of a second behind Demong Saturday in an individual competition, out-skied Jason Lamy Chappuis of France in the sprint. He won by 0.3 seconds with Austrian David Kreiner third, 2.0 behind the winner.
Demong had a lackluster jump and was 25th, 70 seconds behind jumping leader David Zauner of Austria to start the five-lap 7.5K race. He churned through the pack, finishing seventh, just 10.8 seconds off the pace set by Haseney, who had the second-fastest time. Spillane moved up 16 places to finish 11th, shaving a half-minute off his deficit with the leaders as he finished 39.5 second behind.
“This has been the story since coming back after Christmas,” said Head Coach Lasse Ottesen. “They jump okay and then have a great ski race, both Billy and Johnny.”
“It's nice to have a good result when we're not on top of our jumping,” he said. “When they correct these small things that are making a five-, six- or seven-meter difference in their jumping they'll be able to fight for the victory, fight for the podium.”
After 11 competitions in the Warsteiner FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, Germany's Ronny Ackermann leads with 671 points and Demong is second (593). Spillane is 14th.
The World Cup schedule resumes next Saturday with an individual event and sprint Sunday.
2008 WARSTEINER FIS NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP
Val di Fiemme, ITA – Jan. 13, 2008
Sprint (140m jump hill/7.5K race)
1. Sebastien Haseney, Germany, (14/2)
2. Jason Lamy Chappuis, France, (5.8) 0.3 seconds back
3. David Kreiner, Austria, (4/9) 2.0
4. Petter Tande, Norway, (9/3) 2.8
5. Ronny Ackermann, Germany, (3/15) 3.0
7. Bill Demong, Vermontville, NY, (25/1) 10.8
11. Johnny Spillane, Steamboat Springs, CO, (27/5) 39.5