In an IGTV video, four-time Olympian and U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Steven Nyman announced he will sit out for the remainder of the season, in order to prep and come back stronger for the Beijing 2022 Olympic year.
After tearing his Achilles at a training camp at Official Training Site Timberline Resort and Ski Area last summer, Nyman returned to Europe in late December but did not feel confident on the "big boy tracks." Nyman is back with family—including his two daughters—in Park City, Utah...working to get bigger, faster, and stronger.
In the video, he noted that he will be cheering for his teammates at World Champs in Cortina, "A little update from my world. A few weeks ago I decided to pull the plug on the comeback this season. I simply didn't have the strength in my achilles, which in turn made me fell uncomfortable once I ramped up to the big boy tracks. So I am not going to be seen at the World Champs this season. I had high hopes to make it back and represent my nation, but that is going to have to wait until next year.
Thank you @clydedylan77 @motionutah @amitmethod @tobiaskammerlander Calin @a.human.bing @peakptjackson for the help in building me to this point. More work to be done.
Good luck to my @usskiteam teammates at the upcoming World Champs in @cortina2021 I am bummed I'm going to miss it but I will be cheering for you.
Born in Provo, Utah, Nyman raced at Sundance as a junior until making a move to Park City in 1999. He was a discretionary pick for the 2002 World Junior Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, where he won the slalom and finished second in the combined. His slalom gold qualified him to compete in the World Cup Finals in Flachau, Austria, and finished a surprising 15th in his World Cup debut. He did not compete regularly on the World Cup until the 2006 season, during which he notched a pair of top-ten finishes and competed in his first Winter Olympics, finishing 19th in downhill, 29th in combined, and 43rd in super G.
Nyman made his first World Cup podium in December 2006, placing third in a downhill at the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek, Colorado. Fifteen days later, he won his first World Cup race, a downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.
As the fastest racer at the 2010–2011 NASTAR National Championships, Nyman was the NASTAR National Pacesetter and represented the National Standard or Par Time for the 2010–2011 season.
Nyman won his third World Cup downhill in December 2014, all at Val Gardena. He injured his right knee in late January 2018 at Garmisch and missed the rest of the season, including the 2018 Olympics; he had finished third at the pre-Olympic downhill at Jeongseon two years earlier.