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After the U.S. team came back from jumping to 12th in Sunday’s team event and placing seventh overall (with Taylor Fletcher posting the fastest anchor leg), Billy Demong explained that their showing at the first World Cup of the season in Kuusamo, Finland, didn’t go exactly as planned. None of the U.S. team jumped well enough to make it into Saturday’s individual competition.

“This weekend was a bit lackluster for sure,” ┬áDemong wrote in an email. “Jumping seemed to elude us in Kuusamo, which honestly has happened more often than not but does not seem to have much bearing on the rest of the season.┬áThe team has done good training and we are certainly looking forward to Lillehammer.”

Demong was disqualified for an equipment violation in Saturday’s provisional round, which he explained had to do with the girth of his jumping suit — in this case, his thigh.

“It seems that between the time we made (yes we make our own suits) the suit and the first comp I lost about 2cm of girth around my upper thigh and so the suit was deemed too big by the FIS,” Demong wrote. “We travel with a sewing machine for such reasons and so I was able to fix it and get it ready for Sundays team competition”

More on the Nordic Combined World Cup opener in Kuusamo, Finland



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