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Bill Demong picks up $85K in World Cup prize money

Sat, Mar  28, 2009 - By Mike Muha

Bill Demong, third place overall in the World Cup Nordic Combined, finished the season with 97,250 CHF (Swis francs) or about $85,038 at today's currency conversion rate.

Ski jumper Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) really made out. As the top finisher, he won $524,500 CHF or $458,639!

As the FIS reports, in most cases, the winners of the overall World Cup rankings in the three Nordic disciplines also lead the season’s prize money rankings. The only exception is Petra Majdic (SLO) who topped the ladies’ Cross-Country earnings list with 227’000 Swiss francs thanks to her eight season victories. The runner up is the overall World Cup winner Justyna Kowalczyk who, like the Tour de Ski winner Virpi Kuitunen, both made over CHF 200’000.

Unsurprisingly, the most prize money was collected by the serial winner Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) who made over half a million Swiss francs from his 13 season victories and altogether 23 podium places. Both Simon Ammann (SUI) and Wolfgang Loitzl (AUT) collected more than the men’s Cross-Country champion Dario Cologna (SUI) with CHF 262’800.

The Nordic Combined World Cup winner Anssi Koivuranta (FIN) netted CHF 129’850.

Nordic Prize Money Rankings, in CHF (Swiss francs)

Cross-Country Ladies
1. Petra Majdic SLO 227,000
2. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 214,625
3. Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) 206,450
4. Aino Kaisa Saarinen (FIN) 196,250
5. Arianna Follis (ITA) 93,026

Cross-Country Men
1. Dario Cologna (SUI) 262,800
2. Petter Northug (NOR) 182,625
3. Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) 128,750
4. Axel Teichmann (GER) 88,000
5. Pietro Piller Cottrer (ITA) 56,750

Ski Jumping
1. Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) 524,500
2. Simon Ammann (SUI) 334,000
3. Wolfgang Loitzl (AUT) 274,000
4. Harri Olli (FIN) 172,600
5. Dimitry Vassiliev (RUS) 95,000

Nordic Combined
1. Anssi Koivuranta (FIN) 129,850
2. Magnus-H. Moan (NOR) 116,700
3. Bill Demong (USA) 97,250