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Olympian Billy Demong soars off the 90-meter tower at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid on Oct. 11, 2008 during the annual Flaming Leaves festival. Demong, who grew up in nearby Vermontville, competed in Nordic combined skiing at five Olympic Winter Games and earned two medals — a gold and silver — at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Vermontville native Billy Demong has resigned from his position as executive director of USA Nordic Sport, the national governing body for ski jumping and Nordic combined.

Demong, 41, will remain a member of the USA Nordic Sport Board of Directors and will act as an advisor to the executive committee during the transition. The board has already begun a search for the organization’s next leader.

Demong was not immediately available for comment Tuesday. It was not immediately clear why he chose to step down now.

Demong, a 2010 Olympic gold and silver medalist in Nordic Combined, joined USANS in May of 2016. During his tenure, he served through two Olympic Games and three World Championships.

“Billy recently informed the USANS Executive Committee of his desire to step down from his role as executive director following the Beijing Olympics. Billy has provided strong leadership, guiding the organization through its growth from representing one discipline to now four. He leaves a strong foundation from which to build,” Board of Directors Chairman Tom Bickner said in a statement. “Originally, Billy agreed to assume the executive director role for two years.

“We are pleased that he stayed in the position for six years and that he will continue his close involvement with USANS to assist with our vision, strategy, partnerships, and networking priorities over time,” he added. “He has engaged and inspired our community, giving us some meaningful momentum that will carry forward.”

During his tenure with USANS, Demong oversaw the transition of the organization from USA Ski Jumping to USA Nordic Sport; the addition of programs for men’s and women’s Nordic combined and women’s ski jumping; significant growth of the coaching staff and the addition of key personnel in finance, communications, partnership and sponsor fulfillment.

“While I look forward to a new career challenge, I know that I have made significant contributions to setting USANS up for continued success,” Demong said in a statement. “It’s time for some new ideas to cement the foundation for American Nordic combined and ski jumping that we have built together. I am excited to assist with a smooth transition, which is already in process, and to stay involved as a member of the board. I am proud of my accomplishments over the past six years, and believe that the future for USANS is bright.”

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