LAKE LOUISE, ALB. - (USST News Release - Nov. 25) - Olympic teammates Steven Nyman (Provo, UT) and Scott Macartney (Kirkland, WA) broke into the top 20 Sunday in the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G of the season.
Racers don't get to train on any SG course but must deal with the high speeds coming at them. In stinging, 15-degree cold, defending World Cup overall champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won with a time of 1:29.19. Nyman was 13th in 1:30.35 and Macartney finished 17th.
World Cup SG champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) was 25th while T.J. Lanning (Park City, UT), starting 55th, just missed World Cup points, finishing 31st. Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), who earned his first World Cup podium Saturday in the opening World Cup downhill, started 59th and finished 35th.
"As usual, it was a tight race, as they always are up here," U.S. DH/SG Head Coach Chris Brigham said. "Steven definitely had a good day. Snow conditions held up well although it got a little tough on the upper section for the guys at the back of the field."
The intermittent winds, which bothered racers Saturday, were lighter for the super G and sunshine embraced the course for most of the day.
The World Cup now heads to the Charles Schwab Birds of Prey races at Beaver Creek, CO. The men begin downhill training Tuesday and face a super combined (a DH and one run of slalom) Thursday, downhill Friday, super G Saturday and giant slalom Sunday. The Birds of Prey course is one of the toughest on the circuit.
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