Nyman grew up in Sundance, Utah, and mowed Robert Redford's lawn as a kid.
He won both the slalom and combined at the 2002 junior world championships and back in 2006 and 2007, he posted three World Cup podium finishes in a 12-month span.
But then the injuries hit: A bulging disk in his back that pinched a nerve and required him to wear a custom-fitted cast for six weeks; a badly bruised shin; operations on both knees; and a year ago, a torn Achilles tendon, which kept him out all of last season.
"I had a lot of confidence and then I lost it because of the injuries, but now it's back," Nyman said. "It's just been a journey. I've always believed I had the speed and I hope to continue proving it throughout the year — that's my goal: consistency."