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Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Olympics 2.0: Bill Demong fights for more gold

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In these weeks building up to the Sochi Games, we've been profiling many of the athletes and competitors and the families who will be traveling to Russia.

Much of this year's spotlight has fallen on Billy Demong, the Nordic combined skier from Vermontville, whose sport combines long-distance ski jumping and x-country racing.

He won a gold and a silver four years ago in Vancouver. Last night, Bill Demong spoke about his hopes for Sochi with NPR's Mellissa Block.

"I kind of almost envision myself as being bigger and stronger and meaner and more angry than anybody else out there, in order to brace myself for the pain I'm going to put myself through in the race," Demong said.

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Bill Demong pushing to the finish. Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Bill Demong pushing to the finish. Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
"I'm just excited to get over there and focus on the process and do what it takes to be in the fight."

Listen to Melissa Block's full interview with Bill Demong.

The story of how a local kid from the Adirondacks came to be in that fight — with a serious shot at beating the Europeans and Scandinavians again — is really kind of remarkable.

Helen Demong, gold medalist Bill Demong's mom.  Photo: Brian Mann
Helen Demong, gold medalist Bill Demong's mom. Photo: Brian Mann
Brian Mann's profile of Bill Demong first aired just before the last winter Olympics in Vancouver.

He recounts the Demong families love affair with winter and how Billy Demong bounced back from what came very close to being a career-ending injury.

Bookmark NCPR's Sochi page, which will have frequent updates from Russia from NCPR correspondents Chris Knight, senior writer at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and photographer Nancie Battaglia.

Bill Demong soaring in Vancouver.  Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Bill Demong soaring in Vancouver. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

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