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)
On a sunny day at Sugarloaf, top athletes in North America competed at the U.S. Alpine Championships for the title of the nation’s best super G skier. Alice McKennis triumphed in the women’s field, while Drew Duffy took a shocking win on the men's side.
In the first World Cup Finals race of the week, Steven Nyman was the top American, taking fourth place in the downhill. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won the race, and snagged the downhill crystal globe.
t was a tough day in Kvitfjell, with 21 DNFs in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G. Only 38 racers made it down the difficult course, with Andrew Weibrecht tying his career-best super G result in fifth place.
In the penultimate Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season, the men were thirsty for results—looking to tighten the race for the overall downhill globe. Travis Ganong was the top American downhiller of the day, finishing in sixth place.
It's an action-packed weekend coming up in Europe, with Alice McKennis taking 16th in the Garmisch downhill training run and Lindsey Vonn seventh. Steven Nyman won his second training run in Kvitfjell and looks for another World Cup win on Saturday.
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.
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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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