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Demong loses bib, misses start

Updated: February 26, 2009, 4:15 PM ET
Associated Press

LIBEREC, Czech Republic -- As the seconds ticked down before his allotted time for the ski jump, Bill Demong searched frantically through his clothes. His bib was gone, and so was the United States' chance of another medal at the Nordic skiing world championships.

Demong was disqualified from the ski jumping portion of the Nordic combined team event Thursday after not finding his start number on time, giving the Americans just three valid results in the four-man competition. It left the ...

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