Alpine

Red Hot Nyman Second At World Cup Finals

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USSA
2016-03-16 06:54
 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (March 16, 2016) – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) scored his fourth-straight downhill podium – an American record - finishing second at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals to wrap up the season Wednesday. 

“I skied really, really well today,” Nyman said. “I nailed the top … but the last turn I was a little to shallow and didn’t carry the speed I needed too and that’s where Beat (Feuz) got me and took the lead.”

 

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Steven Nyman finished second in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup men’s downhill finals. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

Switzerland’s Feuz won the race, finishing just 0.08 ahead of Nyman – or just 2.39 meters, which is about the length of a downhill ski. Canada’s Erik Guay was third – his best downhill result of the season. Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was sixth, while Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 21st. Peter Fill finished 10th, but scored just enough points to become the first Italian to win the overall World Cup downhill Crystal Globe. 

 

Nyman, who finished sixth in the overall downhill standings, finished the 11-race downhill season with four-straight podium finishes: third Jeongseon, second Chamonix, third Kvitfjell and second in St. Moritz. Wednesday’s result not only motivates Nyman for next season, but most importantly the 2017 World Championships on the same course in St. Moritz, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

 

“To have four podiums in a row, I’m really fired up and ready to carry that momentum into next season,” said Nyman, who became the first American skier to podium in four-straight World Cup events. Previously, two U.S. athletes had three-straight podium finishes, including Daren Rahlves in 2003 and 2006; and Bode Miller in 2008. “I set the tone today (for next year’s World Championships) … it’s a boost for my confidence and motivates me,” he added.

 

In the women’s downhill, Austria’s Mirjam Puchner scored her first World Cup downhill victory. Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter was second, just 0.13 back, and Italy’s Elena Curtoni was third. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was 11th and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was 15th.
 

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Lindsey Vonn holds the women's downhill Crystal Globe, her record 20th overall World Cup title.  (Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini)

Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who won five downhill races this season but suffered a season-ending left tibial plateau fracture on February 27, was presented with her 20th career Crystal Globe following the women’s downhill race Wednesday. 

“I felt like I had a really great year – nine wins – and to be able to still take home one Globe at least, even though I had to end my season early, it means a lot,” Vonn said. “I worked so hard and was so close - I was leading four titles when I got hurt - so to still have at least one (Globe), that was huge and I’m pretty excited about it.”

Up next, the men and women compete in super G Thursday. Ganong, Weibrecht and Ross are all scheduled to compete.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steven Nyman finished second for his fourth-straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill podium.
  • Switzerland’s Beat Fuez won by 0.08 seconds over Nyman for his first World Cup downhill victory in more than four years (Sochi 2012).
  • Peter Fill finished 10th,but became the first Italian to win the overall World Cup downhill title.
  • Austria’s Mirjam Puchner won her first World Cup downhill race Wednesday.
  • Lindsey Vonn was presented with her record 20th career Crystal Globe after winning the overall World Cup downhill title.

 

QUOTES

 

Steven Nyman

I skied really, really well today. I nailed the top … but the last turn I was a little to shallow on and didn’t carry the speed I needed to and that’s where Beat got me and took the lead.

 

To have four podiums in a row, I’m really fired up and ready to carry that momentum into next season. I just learned a lot this year. Really happy and feeling strong, but I’m also ready for the season to end.

 

[On heading to Sun Valley for U.S. Alpine Championships] I haven’t competed at an (U.S. Alpine Championships) event in the Intermountain. That’s my home division, so I feel like its home court. I’ll have a lot of friends there, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.

 

I set the tone today (for next year’s World Championships) … it’s a boost for my confidence and motivates me. 

 

Lindsey Vonn

I’m so proud of what I have done and happy that I was able to come back here and accept my Globe.

 

I felt like I had a really great year – nine wins – and to be able to still take home one Globe at least, even though I had to end my season early, it means a lot. I worked so hard and was so close - I was leading four titles when I got hurt - so to still have at least one (Globe), that was huge and I’m pretty excited about it.

 

Broadcast and Live Streaming (times EDT)

Thursday, Mar. 17

6:00 a.m. - Women's super G, St. Moritz - NBCSN

7:00 a.m. - Men's super G, St. Moritz - NBCSN

 

RESULTS

Men’s downhill

Women’s downhill

 

Final World Cup Downhill Standings

Men

Women 

 

American Podium Streaks

Steven Nyman - 2016

Jeongseon (PyeongChang) - 3

Chamonix - 2

Kvitfjell - 3

St. Moritz - 2

 

Bode Miller - 2008

Bormio - 1

Wengen - 1

Kitzbuehel - 2

 

Daron Rahlves - 2006

Bormio - 1

Wengen - 1

Kitzbuehel - 3

 

Daron Rahlves - 2003

Kitzbuehel - 1

Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 3

Lillehammer - 3