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Demong in second place

Steamboat Springs — Bill Demong had the second-fastest 7.5K race Saturday to finish sixth in a Nordic combined World Cup sprint in Seefeld, Austria. He protected his second overall spot in the World Cup overall standings. Steamboat Springs' Johnny Spillane was 19th. — Bill Demong had the second-fastest 7.5K race Saturday to finish sixth in a Nordic combined World Cup sprint in Seefeld, Austria. He protected his second overall spot in the World Cup overall standings. Steamboat Springs' Johnny Spillane was 19th.

— Bill Demong had the second-fastest 7.5K race Saturday to finish sixth in a Nordic combined World Cup sprint in Seefeld, Austria. He protected his second overall spot in the World Cup overall standings. Steamboat Springs’ Johnny Spillane was 19th.

The day had a mix of two competitions. After jumping for the sprint, with weather forecasts predicting nasty weather, athletes took one more jump to be used as part of an individual competition Sunday. Demong was seventh if weather prohibits another round of jumping Sunday.

In the sprint, Demong jumped to 13th place, putting him 74 seconds back to start the five-lap, 7.5-kilometer race. He tired at the end, winning a photo finish for sixth place with Eric Frenzel of Germany. Demong was just 9.7 seconds back of the first-place finisher, Christoph Bieler of Austria. Spillane had the eighth-fastest race and moved up 10 places, finishing 55.7 seconds back.

“Bill had a really good race, and so did Johnny,” head coach Lasse Ottesen said. “Bill spent two laps catching up to the leaders. He caught them in the third lap but then he began to tire and when it came to a sprint in the final section in the stadium, he just didn’t have anything left.

“He thought he might have gone too hard to close that big gap at the start. Maybe he should have cut five or six seconds on each of a couple laps rather than do it all in one lap,” Ottesen continued.

After 14 combined events, Germany’s Ronny Ackermann leads with 911 World Cup points. Demong has 701 and Spillane, in 13th place, has 272.


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