U.S. Ski Team downhill racer ‘Believe in Steven’ Nyman cleared to ski

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 30, 2009 9:58 am

U.S. Ski Team downhill racer Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) recently received the giant green light from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Medical Director Richard Quincy to start his on-snow prep after a knee surgery earlier this summer. Nyman had been traveling back and forth between Vail (where he underwent the surgery) and Park City for rehabilitation and strength training, and was forced to sit out the regular training camps in New Zealand and Portillo, Chile.

Yet just in time for the season, the giant heartthrob is back. Nyman will travel to Colorado on Nov. 1 to start his training in earnest. As far as the Olympics go, Nyman looks to Beaver Creek as a solid step up. “Beaver Creek is the most well rounded hill on the World Cup circuit,” says Nyman. “From jumps, to steeps to high speed turns, there’s nothing like racing Birds. It also probably compares closest to the Olympic hill at Whistler more than any other World Cup. It’s going to be a good tune up.”

Also back from injury is teammate TJ Lanning (Park City, UT), who will travel with Nyman to CO to start his on-snow speed prep. Lanning returned from another knee injury last year to claim 9th at the World Cup opener downhill event in Lake Louise.