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Demong selected for fourth Olympics

His sport's increasing popularity isn't the only change Demong has seen in his year's competing at the international level. The rapid rise of social media and Internet technology has made the world a smaller place - a comforting thought for an athlete who spends a third of his year traveling abroad.

"It's been huge; I remember when I first went to Europe it was hard to even find a payphone that you could figure out how to call home on," Demong said. "Now, every day you can make some sort of contact. Between Twitter, Facebook or a blog of some sort, you can let the world know what you're doing. I think it's changed the world and made everything a bit smaller and made our sports easier to follow over here. It's really exciting."

For those looking to follow Demong as he competes inVancouver, he'll be utilizing some of that social networking technology to keep his fans up-to-date.

"You can find me on Twitter, and our team has a blog at usnoco.com," Demong said. "Our coaches and athletes like to update it from time-to-time with some great pictures and video."

And for his part, Demong hopes to send a one-word "tweet" to his fans following the 2010 Winter Olympics:

Gold.

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