The man who inspired the Believe in U.S. brand, Believe in Steven is laser-locked on returning to the podium at the site of his first: Beaver Creek, CO. Do you Believe? (Getty Images/AFP/Olivier Morin)
After over two hours of delays, the race finally were finally able to squeak one last downhill into February. Fighting flat light and typical thick fog in Garmisch, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American downhiller of the day in sixth.
In the final Garmisch (GAP) downhill training run on the Kandahar, Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) led the charge for the Americans, turning in the fourth-fastest time. The downhill takes place on Saturday.
In a turny, technical super G set by American coach Forest Carey that did not excuse any mistakes, the Austrian Matthias Mayer once again emerged victorious. Travis Ganong was the top American finisher, toughing out a ninth place finish.
The rarely-used Schneekristall-Zwolfer track is non-stop from top to bottom. A high-speed signature course, racers question whether this track is more challenging than the famed Kitzbuehel one.
Now that the stands are empty, the cowbells have quieted and the dust has settled on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, all that is left is the memories.
Throngs of fans showed up again to Beaver Creek, CO to cheer on the men’s combined athletes at the World Championships. Ted Ligety attacked from the back—starting 29th second run—and grabbed an unlikely bronze medal.
In front of an enormous crowd of 20,000 screaming fans, the U.S. packed three guys into the top ten on Birds of Prey. Travis Ganong grabbed the silver medal at Saturday’s World Championships downhill.
With bluebird skies overhead, the men raced the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships super G in Beaver Creek, CO. Ted Ligety was the top finishing American in ninth place, while Bode Miller made his return to ski racing with a huge crash.
Fantasy football. Fantasy baseball. Fantasy basketball. And…fantasy ski racing? Meet your soon-to-be most used app on your smartphone: Fantasy Ski Racer. The best part? U.S. Ski Team athlete Steven Nyman came up with the idea.
The U.S. Ski Team will announce the team for the upcoming World Championships on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. EST live on Universal Sports Network. The announcement will also be streamed LIVE at UniversalSports.com and usskiteam.com.
After two hours of weather-faulted delays, the famed Hahnenkamm was shortened—with the fastest times coming in at less than a minute. Steven Nyman was the top American downhiller on Saturday, grabbing fifth place—his best ever result in Kitzbuehel.
The Americans came in strong to the super G, with Andrew “Warhorse” Weibrecht pulling off a career-best World Cup result in fifth place, and Steven Nyman taking 13th.
Kitzbuehel's Hahnenkamm is regarded as the most demanding track on the circuit and the “Super Bowl” of ski racing. It’s so notable Red Bull created a film about it, “Streif – One Hell of a Ride.” It’s fast, dangerous and thrilling. Get ready.
American ski racing fans will have the broadest TV and streaming coverage ever as the U.S. Ski Team takes to the fabled Streif this Saturday for the 75th running of the Hahnenkamm. Universal Sports Network and NBCSN will provide coverage.
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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 – a pair of 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 (home of the 2015 World Championships) and another Olympic start. The Olympic start wasn’t a gift. After being named to the U.S. team by coaches’ discretion, Nyman then had to fight for a downhill start by skiing fast in the training runs, which he did.
After the World Cup season, it was all about getting his points down to better his start position for 2015. That plan included a trip to the Canadian championships and skiing FIS races well into April.
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