The man who inspired the Believe in U.S. brand, Believe in Steven, posted the second World Cup win of his career nearly six years to the day after the first. Do you Believe? (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup held its downhill opener Saturday amid cloudy skies and challenging flat-light conditions.
Ski Racing Magazine recently connected with the men's speed group on its August training camp in La Parva, Chile. The team will return to Chile later this month for its annual downhill camp in Portillo.
Marco Sullivan finished 14th in the World Cup downhill standings, his best season since 2008 and the top finish for U.S. men.
Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a tie for 16th on a wind-ravaged Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell.
Veteran Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was 19th to lead the U.S. Ski Team in a shortened Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill Saturday in Germany as Birds of Prey downhill champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy claimed his third win of the season.
Andrew Weibrecht was 22nd and Steven Nyman 25th to lead the USA in the World Championship downhill.
Dominik Paris became the first Italian since the great Kristian Ghedina to win the famed Hahnenkamm downhill for his second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill win this season.
his weekend Universal Sports Network will feature the famed Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel, Austria featuring Ted Ligety and women's technical events in Maribor, Slovenia with Lindsey Vonn during “Winter Bowl.”
Steven Nyman returned to his favorite hill and stole a victory on the Saslong in Val Gardena.
Travis Ganong started 58th and finished 24th to lead a back of the pack attack by the U.S. Ski Team.
Hotel Portillo may be closed for the season, but its 9,500 foot slopes are still cranking as Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and the men's U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrap up their Portillo camp.
The U.S. Ski Team's men's speed program was welcomed to their first of two training camps in Chile with a blanket of fresh snow in La Parva.
Olympians including Ted Ligety, Will Brandenburg and Steven Nyman are up early this week to utilize private alpine training at Mammoth Mountain.
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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.
What happens when you give Nyman a big opportunity? He capitalizes. This time it was a wind-and-snow-shortened downhill, on a track the big guy knows very, very well. After missing the entire 2012 season with a torn Achilles, the Utah downhiller put a mark on his comeback by returning to the site of his 2006 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win in Val Gardena, Italy and winning it again.
What was the opportunity? A brief window of good light allowed Nyman to charge from the 39th start position to steal the victory on the foggy, snowy Saslong Classic after hours of delays. It was his second career win and fourth podium, which propelled him to a 20th place finish in the season-long DH standings.
It's just a journey - it's always been journey. I've always believed I had the speed and I hoped to prove it through the year.
I'm just happy to feel good again. My body's feeling good. I had rib issues the first few races of last season because I put it into the fence while training in Copper. The Achilles the year before, the knees years before that and the back - winning is the best gift I could get.
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