Being the only male American Downhiller to be on the podium four consecutive times, Steven Nyman knows success is about hard work both on and off the hill. We asked Steve a few questions about his training regiment during the summer, his plans for South America and his best advice!
1.What does your training consist of during the off-season?
SN: Currently, I am training three weeks on, one week off. The weeks I’m on its six days a week and will continue that schedule until we travel to South American to ski. We do a lot of full bodywork, core and tons of endurance work.
2. What do you do outside of the gym in the off-season that helps you on the hill?
SN: Biking, hiking, trail running and yoga is integrated into my training. For fun, I like to surf and SUP down rivers. I like this because you have to look ahead and move with the currents; just like skiing you have where you have to look ahead and move with the snow.
3. When do you get back on snow and are there any goals you have set for the Southern Hemisphere?
SN: We start skiing in August and head back to South America again in mid September. My goals are to get my equipment dialed in for the season, I’m going to be testing boots, skis, bindings and race suits.
4. Coming off of a great season, have you set any expectations for this upcoming winter, what would you like to accomplish?
SN: Expectations are killers, but I do have goals. I move from day to day and reassess my goals. It’s the small goals that lead to bigger goals. My biggest goal is to win the DH (Downhill) title. It would be the dream season if I could do that!
5. Finally, what is the number one piece of advice you would give young ski racers?
SN: Have fun, challenge yourself and expect to be challenged. Racing is a big puzzle that never ends so expect to continuously figure stuff out. It’s what makes it fun!.