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Nyman, Ganong Lead Five Americans Into Top 30 at Lake Louise

By Tom Horrocks
November, 30 2019
Steven Nyman
Steven Nyman finished 10th in Saturday's opening FIS Ski World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Christophe Pallot)

Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong tied for 10th place to lead five members of the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team into the top 30 at the opening FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season at Lake Louise, Alberta, Saturday.

Germany’s Thomas Dressen took the victory in a stunning fashion as he returned to World Cup action after being sidelined with an injury last season, with Dominik Paris of Italy in second and Swiss Carlo Janka tied for third with fellow countryman Beat Feuz. It was a good day for the Americans, despite the fact that veteran Steven Nyman said he had "higher expectations" for the opening World Cup race.

"I tweaked my back the last run of the last training day. I've been skiing kind of timid in training and haven't been super aerodynamic, and today I thought I brought more intensity and I was feeling good warming up. I took some anti-inflammatory meds and I was like, 'Oh, it's on - I think I can win.' But, I just was a little soft - a little hesitant - in some turns, and that's not the form that's going to get you to the top. It's still my best result ever at Lake Louise, and starting the year with a top-10 is nice, but I had higher expectations and I'll look for bigger things in the future. Tying with Travis is great, and it brought me back to being tight with Bryce last year. Having six guys in the top-30 is a great start. There's a lot more to come, and I'm looking forward to Beaver Creek for sure."

Steven will look to further establish himself in tomorrow's super-G, and keep on hunting for that eventual super-G podium. Additionally, Bryce Bennett was 23rd, followed by Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Jared Goldberg tied for 30th (which was a three-way tie with Canada's Ben Thomsen).  Just outside of that three-way tie for 30th on the wrong side of the hundredths today was Tommy Biesemeyer, who finished 33rd. Kyle Negomir, Sam Morse, and Wiley Maple also started, and finished 53rd, 54th and 60th, respectively. 

Up next, the men compete in the first World Cup super-G of the season Sunday at Lake Louise before heading to Colorado and the Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek for three days of downhill, super-G and giant slalom races Dec. 6-8.

Men’s downhill

All times EST

Sunday, Dec. 1
9:40 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 1, Killington, Vt. - Olympic Channel & Olympic
12:30 p.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 1, Killington, Vt. - NBC
2:00 p.m. - Men’s super-G, Lake Louise, Alberta - NBC

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