U.S. Ski Team Racer, and Nature Valley NASTAR National Pacesetter Steve Nyman injured himself training at Copper Mountain and won't be able to ski this winter.
On October 8th, while downhill training Nyman crashed and tore his left Achilles tendon. He'll be out for the entire season.
"Blown Achilles tendon=no ski season for me this year. Time to mend-I will be back," he tweeted.
This is not the 29-year-old, Utah native's first run in with injury. In his 10 years on the U.S. Team, he has sustained two broken legs and coped with back pain.
Last season, Steve recorded the fastest time at the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships to win the title and establish the National Standard, he has the zero handicap.
"The recovery is coming along! I am feeling better and better each day so that is motivating. I want to recover from this as fast as possible so I can be skiing ASAP. But it is such a critical part of anyone's strength that I don't want to rush it. I am simply trying to eat well and rest well and soon start maintaining my strength and rebuilding my strength. The NASTAR National Championships is something I am shooting for this spring! It is still on the fence but I am planning on being there and expect to be recovered by then so I can give Ted [Ligety] and Nolan [Kasper] a run for their money, seeing that I won't make any this year! Hahaha, Ski fast and ski hard this winter!" says Steve.
The silver lining is that he'll now have more time to work on his Fantasy Ski Racer website.