Watching the Sochi Olympics
this year has reminded me how lucky I am to live close to Sundance Resort
. One of my favorite athletes to watch was Sundance native and three time Olympian, Steven Nyman
who competed in Downhill Skiing. I caught up with his dad, Scott Nyman at Nyman’s Ski and Snowboard Shop
, to ask him about Steven and his favorite winter sport.
Skiing apparently runs in Nyman blood. Steven’s parents, Scott and Becky Nyman currently own Nyman’s Ski and Snowboard Shop. Before that, they lived and worked at Sundance Resort for more than twenty years. Scott was in charge of the Sundance Ski School while Becky taught ski lessons and supported her boys on the Sundance Ski Team. Steven’s older brother Michael used to be on ski patrol, and younger brother Blake has appeared in free skiing magazines and videos. Even the next generation of Nyman’s are hitting the slopes, as the Nyman grandchildren, ages 3 and 10 months, were out skiing with their mom, Lindsay, during our interview.
We have lots of fond memories of living at Sundance,” Scott said. “It was the boys’ mountain playground.” No doubt that mountain playground gave Steven a good skiing foundation. His mom taught him to ski starting at age two. At age seven he joined the Sundance Ski Team
. In 2002, he was named World Junior Champion in Slalom and World Junior Silver Medalist in Combined. Since then he has been a member of the US Ski Team, a two time National Downhill Champion, two time World Cup champion, and has competed in three Olympics – Vancouver, Torino and now Sochi. Even with all his world travel, Sundance is still home. “Steven loves Sundance,” said Scott. “He’s skied at resorts all over the world and Sundance is still his favorite place to ski powder.”
Skiing with the family
The Downhill race, in which Steven competed in Sochi, regularly clocks skiers going more than 80 miles per hour. “Downhill is the scariest discipline thanks to the icy track and high speeds,” Scott said. Steven was up for the challenge, finishing within three seconds of the winning racer. “We’re really proud of him,” said Scott. A family friend coined the phrase “Believe in Steven” years ago and it seems his family and friends have done just that.