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Steven Nyman, top U.S. downhiller, faces another obstacle

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Steven Nyman, the active U.S. leader in World Cup downhill wins, tore his right Achilles in a training crash and had surgery earlier this week in Mt. Hood, Ore.

“I am moving forward,” was posted on Nyman’s social media. “I’ve been through this before and have full intention to comeback [sic] and compete through the next Olympics.”

Nyman raced in three Olympics and owns three World Cup downhill victories.

He turns 40 during the next Winter Games in Beijing in 2022, when he will be three and a half years older than any previous U.S. Olympic Alpine skier.

Nyman missed the PyeongChang Olympics after a pair of major injuries: blowing out his left knee in a January 2017 downhill race crash and tearing his right ACL in downhill training in January 2018. He also tore his left Achilles in 2011.

He raced the last two seasons with a best World Cup finish of fifth in Val Gardena, Italy, site of all of his World Cup wins in 2006, 2012 and 2014.

The U.S. men’s program is in the midst of its longest World Cup downhill victory and podium droughts this millennium — none since Travis Ganong‘s win in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Jan. 27, 2017.

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Top U.S. downhiller Steven Nyman to miss Olympics

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Steven Nyman was named to his fourth Olympic team last week, but he won’t be competing in PyeongChang.

The 35-year-old tore his right ACL in downhill training in Germany last week, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Nyman blew out his left knee in a downhill race crash at the same track one year ago today (video here).

“I was really looking forward to not only representing our country at my fourth Olympics but trying to contend for a medal,” Nyman said in a press release. “The good news is that this injury is much more straightforward than last year, and will be much easier to come back from.

“If all goes well I should be back on snow for regular summer training camps, and in full form by the start of next season. My focus is now on next year’s World Cup season and the 2019 World Championships [in Are, Sweden].”

Nyman joins fellow World Cup downhill winner Travis Ganong in missing PyeongChang due to a torn ACL. Ganong suffered his injury last month.

Nyman and Ganong have combined for 15 World Cup downhill podiums. The only other active U.S. man with a Word Cup downhill podium is Sochi giant slalom champion Ted Ligety with one.

The last time the U.S. Olympic roster had zero men with a World Cup downhill podium was 1980.

Nyman’s best Olympic finish was a tie for 19th in the Torino 2006 downhill.

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Well, that didn’t go as planned. After an uneventful fall in Garmisch three days ago my knee hurt but I thought I would be fine. I later learned I tore my ACL on my right leg! It was 364 days from my big crash last year. I have already gone under surgery and am on the mend and will miss the Olympics. At least I have this little one with me. I first and foremost want to thank my lady @ccmoats for being by my side. Dr. Fink, Orr, Viola, Cooley, @thekneedoc , Evans. @tundra_runner @_katie_pt_ for all the help. I also want to thank my partners/sponsors for their support. I have all intention to race in the 2019 World Champs in Sweden. And lastly I want to wish all my #teamUSA and fellow athletes good luck at the Games! I wish I could compete by your side. #AmericanDownhiller like to the story in my bio.

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U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing team complete with 7 added

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Now-four-time Olympians Steven Nyman and Stacey Cook headlined the seven added to complete the U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing team Wednesday.

Nyman, a 35-year-old coming back from blowing out his left knee nearly one year ago, and Cook, 33, joined a team that includes the previously qualified Lindsey VonnMikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety.

The full U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing team:

Stacey Cook — 2006, 2010, 2014 Olympian
Breezy Johnson
Megan McJames — 2010, 2014 Olympian
Alice McKennis
Laurenne Ross — 2014
Mikaela Shiffrin — 2014
Resi Stiegler — 2006, 2014
Lindsey Vonn — 2002, 2006, 2010
Jackie Wiles — 2014
Bryce Bennett
Tommy Biesemeyer
David Chodounsky — 2014
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Mark Engel
Tommy Ford — 2010
Jared Goldberg — 2014
Tim Jitloff — 2010, 2014
Nolan Kasper — 2010, 2014
Ted Ligety — 2006, 2010, 2014
Wiley Maple
Steven Nyman — 2006, 2010, 2014
Andrew Weibrecht — 2010, 2014

Shiffrin and Vonn could sweep the five individual women’s events in PyeongChang. Shiffrin, the World Cup overall leader, is the clear slalom favorite and looking strong in the giant slalom and super combined.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion who missed Sochi due to knee injuries, has downhill and super-G wins this season.

The U.S. men have zero podiums this World Cup season and were dealt a blow when top speed racer Travis Ganong suffered a season-ending knee injury in December.

Ligety appears to be the best medal hope. The 2014 Olympic giant slalom champion, who dealt with injuries of his own this Olympic cycle, has a best finish of fifth this season.

These will be the first Olympics without Bode Miller racing since 1994 and the first without Julia Mancuso since 1998. The two most decorated U.S. Olympic skiers retired and will be part of the NBC Olympics team in South Korea.

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