Demong 10th at World Cup |

Demong 10th at World Cup

— If these amount to Billy Demong’s final Nordic combined events, he’s going out strong.

The U.S. Nordic combined team skier was 10th Thursday in a World Cup event in Trondheim, Norway.

Taylor Fletcher, meanwhile, was 23rd.

Both of the U.S. skiers logged high finishes thanks to strong results on the 10-kilometer cross-country ski course. Demong jumped to 20th, but quickly pulled himself into a large group contending for a podium spot. He ended up in the middle of that fray, 19.1 seconds back from the day’s winner, Johannes Rydzek, and 8.9 seconds back of third.

Fletcher had the day’s fastest cross-country ski time, helping him fly up from 47th position.

Bryan Fletcher, hobbled by an illness, sat out the competition with an eye toward the second Trodheim race Saturday.

Nick Hendrickson also competed in the event for the United States. He jumped to 54th place in the provisional jumping round, which wasn’t strong enough to get him into Thursday’s competition.

The weekend of competition is the second to last for the Nordic combined World Cup circuit.

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