Episode #47 Billy Demong-Olympic Gold Medalist-Nordic Combined
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The American catalyst that shook the nordic world in Vancouver, Billy Demong has not slowed down since his historic Olympic win on the large hill. Since then he got married, started raising a son and returned to competitive form after a brief break from the sport—just in time for another run at gold.
The upstate New York native has been on seven World Championships teams and has won eight U.S. titles. His four medals with teammate at the 2009 Worlds were an historic accomplishment, a feat only outshone by the following year’s four-medal effort at Vancouver, where Demong became the first U.S. Nordic athlete to win a gold medal.
OFF THE SNOW
Billy Demong is known as the guy who never rests. “I think I’m kind of known as somebody who lives every day to the fullest and maybe tries to accomplish more than he should. That’s my MO and that’s what I love doing.” Growing up in Lake Placid, Demong developed a love for the outdoors. In the winter, that means clicking into the backcountry gear, climbing mountains and finding a powder cache. In the summertime, it’s hopping onto a mountain or road bike for a ride through the mountains around Park City. But his true joy comes from his growing family: wife Katie (a former skeleton athlete) and son Liam