World Cup racing: Squaw’s Ganong sixth, Nyman records 4th straight podium finish |

World Cup racing: Squaw’s Ganong sixth, Nyman records 4th straight podium finish

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Steven Nyman set an American record with his fourth straight downhill podium at the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland, last Wednesday, finishing second.

Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley placed sixth and Andrew Weibrecht was 21st, while Peter Fill finished 10th to become the first Italian to win the World Cup downhill Crystal Globe.

Switzerland’s Feuz won the race, finishing just 0.08 ahead of Nyman, and Canada’s Erik Guay was third — his best downhill result of the season.

“To have four podiums in a row, I’m really fired up and ready to carry that momentum into next season,” said Nyman, who finished sixth in the overall downhill standings. “I set the tone today (for next year’s World Championships) … it’s a boost for my confidence and motivates me.”

Nyman eclipsed the previous U.S. record of three straight podium finishes, which was held by Truckee’s Daron Rahlves and Bode Miller.

Cook 11th

In the women’s downhill, Austria’s Mirjam Puchner scored her first World Cup downhill victory, Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter was second, just 0.13 back, and Italy’s Elena Curtoni was third.

Truckee native Stacey Cook finished 11th and Laurenne Ross was 15th.

Lindsey Vonn, who won five downhill races this season but suffered a season-ending left tibial plateau fracture on Feb. 27, was presented with her 20th career Crystal Globe following the race.

“I felt like I had a really great year — nine wins — and to be able to still take home one Globe at least, even though I had to end my season early, it means a lot,” Vonn said. “I worked so hard and was so close – I was leading four titles when I got hurt – so to still have at least one (Globe), that was huge and I’m pretty excited about it.”

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