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On Thursday, the final day of the Continental Cup competition in Park City, Utah, U.S. Nordic Combined’s Billy Demong rose the the challenge, beating Austria’s Tomaz Druml to give his team a fifth World Cup spot for the rest of the 2013/2014 season.

Demong started off with the winning jump of 95.5 meters at Utah Olympic Park, giving him a 40-second head start in the 10 k race at Soldier Hollow. He held off Druml, who started 52 seconds behind, by 23 seconds in 23:55.8. Druml placed second, followed by France’s Hugo Buffard in third (+41.6).

Demong started the week off with a victory in Tuesday’s Continental Cup opener in Soldier Hollow. He was second on Wednesday and secured a final victory on Thursday to enable his team to bring U.S. Nordic Combined’s World Cup quota from four to five.

“It’s good to have practice being out front and experience what that feels like to be the hunted person instead of hunting other people down,” Demong said in a USSA press release.

Rounding out the American finishes, Adam Loomis placed 20th, Nick Hendrickson was 22nd, Michael Ward 25th, Ben Berend 31st, Alek Gantick 34th, Erik Lynch 36th, and Nicholas Madden 45th.

“Another great day for Team USA and especially Bill,” said national-team coach Greg Poirier. “He did exactly what we needed him to do this week—earned us that fifth and crucial spot going into the next period of the World Cup. Bill did what Bill came home to do. The others, another good day, just not quite finding great form on the ski jump, but still looking really sharp on the cross country. So, I’m also excited for our B Team group behind Bill.”

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