Alpine Athletes on the Mend: Featured in Ski Racing
From veteran and three-time Olympian Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) to rising star Galena Wardle (Aspen, Colo.), the U.S. Alpine Ski Team suffered its fair share of injuries in the 2018 season. Nyman and teammates Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Colo.) and Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.), as well as downhiller Jackie Wiles (Portland, Ore.) all had to sit out the Olympics in PyeongChang, due to injury...and Nyman, Biesemeyer, and Wiles all did so in heartbreaking fashion - either just before traveling to the Games or while in PyeongChang.
Coming back from injury is not easy. It requires a patience, perseverance, extreme mental fortitude, and the right kind of support network. Ski Racing Media caught up with these athletes to check in and see how initial prep period camps are going and how their bodies are feeling.
“My progression has been great thus far,” Nyman says from his return to snow camp in New Zealand. “My body has adapted well to the stimulus I have put it through and it will be good to get some rest between now and the next camp in Chile, but I feel really good currently. It has been much easier than my last go around when I tore ACL, MCL, and PCL. This year was just ACL and I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last year.”