Steven Nyman earned his first podium of the 2016-17 world cup season, taking third in the men’s downhill Saturday at Val Gardena, Italy.
Covering the course in 1:57.01, the three-time Olympian was second after his run, 0.37 seconds behind Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, a two-time downhill world cup season champion who has finished in the top three for four consecutive years. Both were surpassed by Austria’s Max Franz, who earned his first world cup victory in 1:56.60.
The bulk of Nyman’s success has come on the Val Gardena course. All three of his world cup wins and four of his 11 career world cup podiums have come on the course in the Dolomites of South Tyrol.
After taking 15th in the world cup opener last week in Val d’Isere, France, Nyman hopes to reestablish the consistency that led him to a four consecutive downhill podiums at the end of the 2015-16 season, which included stops at the 2018 Olympic site and 2017 world championships site. He was seconds in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Chamonix, France, and third in Kvitfjell, Norway, and Jeongseon, Korea.
Travis Ganong also earned a top 10 finish for Team USA, taking seventh in 1:57.22.