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by Philip Johnson


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A tribute to persistence

Kudos to Steve Nyman (pictured) for his World Cup victory in the downhill event this weekend at Val Gardena, Italy.

The 30-year-old journeyman on the US World Cup team had won a downhill only once before, six years ago also at Val Gardena. In between, the Park City, Utah, resident has been plagued by injuries, including a ruptured Achilles tendon that kept him out of competition all last season.

The victory Saturday came on a course shortened to Super G length because of weather conditions. Nyman was number 39 in the start house, well outside the favorite start positions which go to the top 30 ranked competitors. But the weather cleared just as he was ready to start and Nyman's victory is the first time since 1996 that a racer has won a World Cup downhill from such a high start position.

The 6'5" Nyman is a favorite among Americans on the tour and the victory is a tribute to his persistence.

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