World Cup Alpine racing: Nyman leads U.S. in Bormio downhill; Sullivan 28th
December 29, 2009
BORMIO, Italy and#8212; The U.S. Ski Teamand#8217;s Steven Nyman led the way for his teammates Tuesday, finishing 16h during a World Cup downhill in Bormio.
Sloveniaand#8217;s Andrej Jerman won the race to mark the second World Cup victory of his career, while Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley was the second U.S. finisher, placing 28th.
Menand#8217;s Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick said Sullivan was skiing well but ran into a bad transition.
and#8220;Marco skied much better up top. It was aggressive skiing and it was much better than weand#8217;ve been seeing him ski lately,and#8221; Rearick said. and#8220;Unfortunately, he got kicked going out of a transition into the flats and lost all of his speed in the long flat section.and#8221;
Despite a shortened prep period due to having both his knees scoped in late spring, Nyman posted a career-best result at one of the most challenging downhill tracks on the World Cup tour.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s a confidence-builder for me because I havenand#8217;t had the prep period,and#8221; Nyman said. and#8220;Thereand#8217;s nothing like skiing the World Cup courses. You just canand#8217;t train that stuff, and every race has been getting better for me. Stuff is ramping up and I am feeling good. Hopefully I can keep the ball rolling.and#8221;
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Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, N.Y., finished 35th in his first race on the Bormio downhill course, while Scott Macartney did not start and Erik Fisher did not finish.
The menand#8217;s speed group returns to the U.S. now for a short break before returning to Europe for Wengen and Kitzbuehel.
2010 AUDI FIS WORLD CUP
Menand#8217;s Downhill and#8212; Bormio, Italy, Dec. 29
1. Andrej Jerman, Slovenia, 2:00.32
2. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 2:00.85
3. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 2:01.35
4. David Poisson, France, 2:01.55
5. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 2:01.60
16. Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah, 2:02.46
28. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Calif., 2:03.20
35. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, N.Y., 2:03.78
DNS: Scott Macartney, Crystal Mountain, Wash.
DNF: Erik Fisher, Middleton, Idaho