Steven Nyman is on a quest to become the first American Downhiller to win the downhill globe. Do you Believe in Steven? (Getty Images/Matthias Hangst)
Steve Nyman led the American’s in the first downhill of the season in 15th Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski Alpine World Cup.
Having been on the U.S. Ski Team for over 14 years, Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) has become a bit of a hoarder of ski gear throughout the year.
The U.S. men’s alpine team has accomplished almost every major feat on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup—Olympic gold, World Championship gold, slalom and giant slalom titles, Hahnenkamm gold—that is, except for winning the coveted downhill title.
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After a tough beginning of the 2015-16 season, Steven Nyman attacked the second half with force and power—snagging four podiums in the last four downhills.
Steven Nyman scored his fourth-straight downhill podium, finishing second at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals to wrap up the season.
Mikaela Shiffrin headlines the U.S. team in her quest for a 10th consecutive slalom victory as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kick off Wednesday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Andrew Weibrecht just missed a podium spot to lead three Americans into the top 20 in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
It was a perfect track for Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) to take his third Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill podium in three races, finishing third.
The conditions in Norway are looking prime and the stage is set for an American Downhiller vs. Attacking Viking showdown on home turf for the Norwegians.
The first time I felt like a champion was in 1992 and I was in baggy clothes at a race because my family wouldn’t give me a downhill suit.
Steven Nyman was 18th, Andrew Weibrecht 22nd and Thomas Biesemeyer 28th in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.
Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) nailed his second downhill podium in a row, snagging second place in Chamonix Saturday.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to the ski Mecca of Chamonix after a four-year hiatus and the crew is excited to be back on Chamonix soil.
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Born and bred in Utah, downhiller Steven Nyman was skiing at two (Dad ran the ski school at Sundance) and was a discretionary pick to the 2002 Junior Worlds squad, where he landed two medals, including a slalom gold. Coaches were so impressed they entered him in a World Cup slalom six days later and he finished 15th. Needless to say, his 6’4” frame is more suited for speed events—three World Cup downhill wins proves it.
The one thing that is consistent about World Cup skiing is that it’s not consistent. Nyman knows that best of all. After an incredibly successful 2013 season, 2014 shaped up to be mediocre results-wise. But he took a lot of positives out of the season as well, namely fast skiing in Beaver Creek and another Olympic start. And then came 2015, where Steven was in top condition physically and performed his strongest and most consistent season of his career, finishing 6th in the downhill rank.
First he grabbed a podium at Birds of Prey, just .02 out of second, behind Kjetil Jansrud and Beat Feuz. He went on to complete the Val Gardena hat trick, by a commanding three tenth margin. Three career wins, all of them on the Saslong track. Impressive. From there, he snagged the best super G result of his career with a 13th in Kitzbuehel and followed it up with a 5th place in downhill—good momentum that created confidence leading up to Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships. What a downhill day it was. Nyman hammered and came down in first place. The crowd was manic. Then the Swiss Beat Feuz came down and snuck in ahead of Nyman once again—this time by .03—and Nyman was sitting in second. But it was another Swiss—Patrick Kueng—who came down with the lead, skiing into first. And then teammate Travis Ganong crushed and broke up the Swiss party, pushing Nyman to fourth.
In 2016, Nyman did something no other American Downhiller has done—he found his stride in February, podiuming four times in a row, starting with the PyeongChang Olympic test event in Jeongseon (3rd) and then Chamonix (2nd), Kvitfjell (3rd), and St. Moritz (2nd). Not only does that streak bode well for Nyman at 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, but that kind of consistency also bodes well for his quest to hoist the Crystal Globe on home soil in Aspen during World Cup Finals in 2017. He has a clear message to send...he's not retiring any time soon. Will 2017 be the year of the American Downhiller? Only time will tell...
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