STEVEN NYMAN: SENSATIONAL VICTORY WITH BIB NUMBER 39
Steven Nyman is the man of the day. Going into the World Cup Downhill in Gröden in Italy with bib number 39 he raced his way to what is his second victory in the World Cup. After six years he repeated his success on the Saslong hill and celebrated an emotional win in the finish area: "I really enjoyed this race. When I got to the Camel Humps at top speed I thought to myself: Wow, my skis are flying! It's simply awesome."
Fortune finally on his side
Ever improving weather conditions and good visibility meant that top places were also within reach for higher bib numbers. The race already seemed to be over when Nyman seized his opportunity and took people's breath away in the finish area with a wild ride and a new top time. "The weather was, of course, on our side. But the racer still has to put in a winning performance and cross the line himself," says Fischer race director Siegi Voglreiter on what was without doubt an unexpected win. "Besides that, Steven is a very cool guy – he skied with brand new Vacuum boots today, which is a small risk in itself." In the case of Steven Nyman, however, it was certainly a risk that was worth taking.
Nyman puts five tough years behind him
This victory was balsam on the wounds for Nyman, whose last podium finish was in November 2007 in Beaver Creek (USA). The 30-year-old had been plagued by injuries with numerous setbacks ever since. The consequences of his last crash while training in Copper Mountain also proved to be hard to shake off. Trouble with his ribs prior to the races in Gröden almost drove him to despair. "Slowly but surely though I'm beginning to feel really fit," said Nyman after 29th place in yesterday's Super G.