Despite a laid-back demeanor, Steve Nyman is a fierce competitor who is trying to work his way back to the Olympics on the U.S. speed team. Since finishing in the Top 10 in the World Cup standings in 2007, a series of injuries have slowed his progress. But in 2012, Nyman won his second World Cup downhill, in Val Gardena, announcing his return to prominence.
- 2005: U.S. Championships – Gold (downhill)
- 2003: U.S. Championships – Gold (downhill)
- 2002: Junior World Championships – Gold (slalom), Silver (super-combined)
Things to know:
1. Nyman grew up at the Sundance Resort in Utah, which is owned by Robert Redford. His father, Scott, ran the ski school at Sundance when Nyman and his three brothers were boys. Though his father ran the school, it was actually his mother, ski instructor Becky, who taught him how to ski. Nyman did landscaping work at Redford’s home, trimming hedges and mowing the lawn to earn some extra cash for skiing and travel. When Nyman’s parents later opened a ski shop, Redford once bought a pair of sealskin ski outfits from the store.
2. In 2010, while on the hill in Lake Louise, Nyman and teammate Nolan Kasper wondered why there was no existing fantasy skiing website. He later sketched out the plan for the website on a napkin, presented the idea to his brother Michael and the two embarked on making it a reality. Together with friend Steve Rugh, they created fantasyskiracer.com.
3. Since his breakout 2006-07 season, when he finished 10th in the World Cup standings, injuries have prevented Nyman from making the next progression in his career. He has suffered two broken legs, one while skateboarding the other skiing, compressed discs in his back and chronic ankle problems.