Universal Sports recently published an interview with US World Champion Nordic Combined skier Billy Demong. Peter Graves talks to Billy about his past, the future, and upcoming Olympics.
Billy Demong has a real shot at an Olympic medal in Nordic combined. Demong was born in Vermontville, New York, not far from the Olympic village of Lake Placid. His birth was a month before the games ended in 1980, but with new venues available, he was part of the early development vangard that came out of the 1980 Games’ legacy. He’s been on the World Cup tour since 1997 and his gold medal last season at the Nordic World Championships underscores his talent. With the Games looming, we caught up with him to talk about prospects for the season and much more.
It’s often said satisfaction comes from a job well done. Do you still feel that satisfaction or are the Olympics too close now?
What has happened so far has been great. Someday I’ll look back and relive and enjoy it but for now, all sights are set forward.
You have achieved so much.
It really has been one step at a time. I had some good improvements as a younger skier and took steps forward each season, but these last few years have really been the culmination of years of hard work and building the belief and know-how to compete at my best.