"My goal for the upcoming season is to perform consistently at the top! Get back on the top step!"
9 Things You Didn't Know About Steven Nyman
- 1. Steven dedicates time to SOS Outreach, whose focus is bringing outdoor and leadership opportunities to kids in need.
- 2. His favorite career memory was Val Gardena 2014, where he won his favorite downhill (for the third time) by .31 over Norway's Kjetil Jansrud - that's an eternity in the discipline of downhill.
- 3. Steven's grandfather played pro baseball, his wife was a World Champ freeskier, and he loves home improvement projects.
- 4. His three most notable accomplishments outside of skiing are his daughter Nell, his wife Charlotte, and his home in Jackson, Wyoming.
- 5. Steven has a healthy respect for mountaineers..."the torture they put themselves through is wild to witness."
- 6. When he's not on the mountain, you'll find Steven...well...on the mountain and exploring nature. He loves to bike, hike, water ski and spend time on his boat, hang with his daughter and wife, and more.
- 7. Steven is the man behind the www.fantasyskiracer.com mask. Think fantasy baseball for alpine skiing and you'll dig this site.
- 8. Steven was skiing at two and racing at eight for Sundance (while mowing Robert Redford's lawn in the summer), not far from his home and where dad was the ski school chief.
- 9. In 2016, Nyman did something no other American Downhiller has done—podiuming four times in a row, starting with the PyeongChang Olympic test event in Jeongseon (3rd) and then Chamonix (2nd), Kvitfjell (3rd), and St. Moritz (2nd).
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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—his three World Cup downhill wins proves it.
The one thing that is consistent with 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 and another Olympic start. And then came 2015, where Steven was in top condition physically and performed his strongest and most consistent season of his career, finishing 6th in the downhill rank.
First, he grabbed a podium at Birds of Prey, just .02 out of second, behind Kjetil Jansrud and Beat Feuz. He went on to complete the Val Gardena hat trick, by a commanding three tenth margin. Three career wins, all of them on the Saslong track. Impressive. From there, he snagged one of the best super G results of his career with a 13th in Kitzbuehel and followed it up with a 5th place in downhill—good momentum that created confidence leading up to Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships. What a downhill day it was. Nyman hammered and came down in first place. The crowd was manic. Then the Swiss Beat Feuz came down and snuck in ahead of Nyman once again—this time by .03—and Nyman was sitting in second. But it was another Swiss—Patrick Kueng—who came down with the lead, skiing into first. And then teammate Travis Ganong broke up the Swiss party, pushing Nyman to fourth.
In 2016, Nyman did something no other American Downhiller has done—podiuming four times in a row, starting with the PyeongChang Olympic test event in Jeongseon (3rd) and then Chamonix (2nd), Kvitfjell (3rd), and St. Moritz (2nd). In 2017 Steven started the season off strong with a third place finish in Val Gardena then grabbing a top 10 in Kitzbuehel. The fourth race of the season in Garmisch, Nyman was having the fastest run of the day until he crashed off a jump tearing his knee. He rehabbed all summer at the U.S. Ski Team's Center of Excellence and was ready for the 2018 Games in PeyongChang, where he medaled at the test event and felt "at one with the course", though his 2018 Olympic dreams were cut short when he injured his other knee - a clean ACL tear - almost to the day of his injury just one year prior (364 days) on the Garmisch track.
Nyman returned to action at Lake Louise for the 2018-19 season, scoring his career best finish on the track, at age 36 years old. He followed that up with a tie for ninth place with his teammate and fellow big man, Bryce Bennett, at Birds of Prey and kept it rollin' throughout the season, landing ranked 16th in downhill in the world and skiing the best super-G of his career. Keep an eye on this one - he wants it this year, and age is not stopping him.
Nyman was skiing at two and racing at eight for Sundance (while mowing Robert Redford's lawn in the summer), not far from his home and where Dad was the ski school chief. He shifted to Coach Rob Clayton's stellar Park City program for Winter ’99. He landed a couple World Juniors medals and jumped immediately to the U.S. Ski Team.
OFF THE SNOW
Nyman is the man behind the www.fantasyskiracer.com mask. Think fantasy baseball for alpine skiing and you'll dig this site. Nyman is into adventure, especially with his pro freeskier brother Blake. Whether it's making powder turns at Sundance or kicking back in Hawaii. He recently had his first child, Nell, and is loving being a Dad. Follow along @steven_nyman.