"The further down we went the more time we lost," Nyman said. "There's definitely some issues we got to address and it's been that way in Wengen, in Kitzbuehel. We need to perform at the bottom of the courses.
"We definitely need to do more in the season to maintain our strength," added Nyman, who won the classic Val Gardena downhill in December for the second time. "It's a maintenance issue, a matter of maintaining that fitness we get in the summer. We have the facility, we have the trainers, the coaches and everything, we just need to maintain that through the winter."
Sullivan, the team veteran at 32, thought the issue was tactical.
"Americans are known for stepping up in the big events and we definitely expected a lot today and maybe it got the better of us," he said. "On a course like this you had to conserve a bit for the bottom pitch and I don't think we did that. We were full guns out of the gate and it caught up with us. ... I wouldn't say any of us are out of shape by any means."
The Americans weren't the only ones who struggled.
Defending champion Erik Guay of Canada made one big error midway down then appeared out of energy on the bottom, skiing off course two gates from the end and getting disqualified when he went back onto the track and crossed the finish line.
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