BEAVER CREEK, CO – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) finished 25th in the Audi Birds of Prey super G to boost the U.S. Ski Team’s World Cup quota spots in the discipline to 10 as five of nine U.S. starters, including Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) skied out. Austria’s Georg Streitberger clinched the victory for the second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of his career.
NBC will air the super G Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
“Four years ago we only had four spots in super G,” said Head Coach Sasha Rearick. “We made a big step and now we have 10 spots – the same as Austria, Switzerland and Italy. That’s a huge success for us.”
“It’s pretty disappointing actually to have all those guys go out,” said Nyman, who matched his 2008 super G result from Beaver Creek despite started from the 57th starting position. “But I’m happy. I created another spot for the ski team. I haven’t scored points in the super G event for over a year now so I’m pretty psyched to get back in there. To go from 57 to 25, I’m stoked.”
Streitberger led a tight field with a mere .19 separating the top-five. France’s Adrien Theaux finished second with World Cup star and Audi Birds of Prey crowd favorite Didier Cuche of Switzerland in third.
“This hill is fast with a lot of terrain and you have to attack,” added Rearick. “You have to ski this hill very aggressively, but at the same time you have to ski it very smart. Some of the guys executed and others didn’t. But I’m really stoked about Steven. For him to come down in flat light with rough conditions and come down and score points is a huge success.”
Despite the string of U.S. DNFs, the overflowing crowd roared for each American even as Miller, Ligety, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) missed a crucial gate midway down the course in the Screech Owl section.
“In inspection, we just didn’t anticipate how big of a turn it was,” said Ligety. “It’s a bummer, but that’s super G, you have to be in the fine line of going out and making it clean and we just were on the other side of that line. A lot of guys think this is the coolest super G hill on the World Cup and we’re all really excited to have a good day, so this is definitely a bummer.”
World Cup rookie Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) is making a smooth transition to the best in the world stage, placed just outside the points in 31st.
The U.S. Ski Team will refocus their efforts for Sunday with sights set on redemption in giant slalom. Ligety, the defending World Cup giant slalom champion, hasn’t finished outside the top five in the last four years of racing GS in Beaver Creek, including two podium finishes.
“Ted Ligety and Bode skied the top very aggressive – fantasic skiing,” said Rearick. “I’m looking forward to seeing those two guy put it down tomorrow in the GS.”
In addition to Ligety and Miller, Sunday’s GS will also feature Tommy Ford (Bend, OR), Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), Will Gregorak (Longmont, CO) and Warner Nickerson (Gilford, NH).
The race opens at 9:45 a.m. with a second run slated for 12:45.
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
Beaver Creek, CO
December 4, 2010
1. Georg Streitberger, Austria, 1:17.18
2. Adrien Theaux, France, 1:17.29
3. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:17.31
4. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 1:17.38
5. Mario Scheiber, Austria, 1:17.41
25. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 1:18.88
31. Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA), 1:19.31
40. Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID, 1:20.00
49. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 1:23.82
DNF: Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Chris Frank (Wyndham, NY)