American Downhiller Steven Nyman announced on Wednesday afternoon in Kitzbuehel, Austria, that he will skip the weekend’s races as well as next week’s stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, after crashing out in the Lauberhorn downhill last week in Wengen, Switzerland.
Nyman crashed on the fastest part of the Lauberhorn track, known as the Hanneggschuss, violently catching an edge before sliding to a stop. Although he escaped with out sustaining a serious injury, Nyman bit through his tongue and took a knee to his face, resulting in concussion symptoms in the following days. Nyman inspected the Hahnenkamm downhill prior to the first training run on Tuesday morning but determined that attempting to ski the course was out of the question.
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The good news is my limbs are okay and I think it is because of the knee to the face. It redirected my fall to a much safer one. The bad news is the knee to the face has left me with a concussion and I’m not feeling sharp enough to tackle the beasts ahead. I’ve chosen to not race the @hahnenkammrennen and The Kandahar and I have shifted my focus toward the @are2019 World Championships. I’m going to go thru our concussion protocol and get back up to speed ASAP. Good luck to my compatriots these next two weekends.
I’ve chosen to not race the Hahnenkamm and The Kandahar and I have shifted my focus toward the World Championships in Are,” Nyman said via Instagram. “I’m going to go thru our concussion protocol and get back up to speed ASAP. Good luck to my compatriots these next two weekends.”
Nyman has suffered season-ending knee injuries at Garmisch in each of the last two seasons. The 2019 World Championships begin on February 6th with men’s super-G.