Andrej Jerman wins Bormio World Cup downhill, U.S. Ski Team’s Steven Nyman 16th

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 29, 2009 9:40 am

Buoyed by his winning training run Monday, Slovenian Andrej Jerman skied to a real gold medal at the Audi FIS World Cup downhill in Bormio, Italy today. And not only did Jerman claim the win–his second of his career, he became the first Slovenian to ever win two World Cups. (He was already the first man to win one.)

Switzerland’s Didier Defago finished second on the Stevio course after silver medalist Mario Scheiber was disqualified for a binding plate infraction, and Austrian star Michael Walchhofer took the bronze. Didier Cuche–the current World Cup downhill leader–finished fifth.

In spite of two strong athletes sitting the downhill out (Bode Miller did not race and fellow U.S. Ski Team star Scott Macartney needed to rest his back), the Americans had a solid showing by Steven Nyman, who has been recovering from injuries himself. Nyman had double knee surgery over the summer, and missed the Ski Team’s off-season on-snow training camps. But since joining his teammates at Copper Mountain for training in November, Nyman has been finding his way back. “It’s a confidence builder for me because I haven’t had the prep period,” Nyman said of his top-20 performance. “There’s nothing like skiing the World Cup courses. You just can’t train that stuff and every race has been getting better for me. Stuff is ramping up and I am feeling good.”

“He skied fantastically on the bottom,” noted Men’s Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick about Nyman’s run. “He came out, executed, and that’s a step in the right direction. He’s been building stronger in every race and it’s a move towards where he wants to be.”

Squaw Valley native Marco Sullivan also scored World Cup points, finishing 28th. According to Rearick, Sullivan skied well but had a small mistake. “It was aggressive skiing and it was much better than we’ve been seeing him ski lately,” Rearick said. “Unfortunately, he got kicked going out of a transition into the flats and lost all of his speed in the long flat section.”

The men’s speed athletes now travel home for a quick break before heading back to Europe for the classic Wengen and Kitzbuhel World Cups.