WENGEN, Switzerland -- Downhill racer Steven Nyman is aiming to extend a great American tradition when he takes on the historic Lauberhorn course Saturday.
It was exactly 27 years ago at Wengen that the United States got its first men's World Cup downhill win when Bill Johnson tamed the long, quirky track that twists beneath the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains.
Nyman also has been inspired by the Wengen victories of Daron Rahlves and Bode Miller, his former and current teammates."The runs that those guys put down a few years ago were inspiring," Nyman said Thursday. "Just so gut-wrenching and intense, how hard they were pushing the whole way down.
"My first World Cup year was the year Daron won and it blew my mind," said Nyman, a 28-year-old from Sundance.