Less then ideal weather conditions, heavy fog delaying the race, and program changes made yesterday’s (Dec.15th) men’s Downhill race one of the toughest races so far on the FIS Alpine World Cup Tour. Being a top seed did not give an advantage today. Racers such Werner Heel, starting 52nd, Martin VanHeek, starting 53rd, Silvano Varettoni, starting 51st, and Brice Rogers starting 46th all finished in the top ten.
Wearing bib #39, Nyman, fought his way through the fog and held onto the on top spot on the podium with a time of 1:28.82. "Weather was a huge factor as you saw," said Nyman. "When I heard Rok had been fast I said 'the course is fast, the door is open you have to punch it in there'."
His race wasn’t perfect, but no one’s was, “I hit some soft snow in places but just kept working the terrain. My skis are running, I hit the line I wanted to hit and kept searching for my tuck. I Knew I had to stick to my guns." A year after tearing his Achilles tendon Nyman is back and looking stronger then ever.
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