U.S. Ski Team athlete Steven Nyman fourth in Val Gardena World Cup downhill training

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 16, 2009 6:58 am


After a slow start to the season, U.S. Ski Team downhiller Steven Nyman is back! The Utah native posted fourth today in the first day of downhill training at Val Gardena. Nyman posted a time of 2.01.31, .2 seconds off Sweden’s Hans Olsson, who nabbed third. Austrian Michael Walchhofer took the top training spot, with Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal in second.

Nyman has been recovering from knee surgery over the summer, and has been easing into his skiing. During a press conference earlier this month the sunny skier said his knee felt a little weak at Lake Louise, and that he was getting back on his feet.

Now he looks to be there. Nyman notched his first and only World Cup downhill win to date at Val Gardena, in 2006. So clearly he likes the hill, and it likes him. Believe in Steven!

Official racing starts Saturday with the super G, and Sunday with the downhill. There is one more day of downhill training tomorrow.