Nyman and Caldwell Nominated for Utah State of Sport Award
U.S. Ski Team athletes Steven Nyman (pictured) and Ashley Caldwell are nominated for a Utah State of Sport award.
U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athlete Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) have been nominated for the Utah State of Sports Award in the Pro/Olympian Male and Pro/Olympian Female categories. In 2012, the Utah Sports Commission created the Governor’s State of Sport Awards, which celebrates Utah’s sports industry and honors excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, adaptive, Olympic and professional sports.
Nyman was nominated for his stellar 2016 season, in which he became the first American downhiller to step on four consecutive podiums—Chamonix (second), Jeongseon (third), Kvitfjell (second) and St. Moritz (second). While he sat out with a knee injury in 2017, look out for him to dominate in the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Nyman is up against figure skater Nathan Chen, Real Salt Lake and U.S. national team soccer player Kyle Beckerman and Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert. Vote for Nyman here.
Ashley Caldwell celebrates winning the 2016 aerials World Cup title. (U.S. Ski Team/Greg Heuer)
Caldwell also had an outstanding 2016 season, landing three podiums and capturing the FIS Freestyle aerials World Cup title. She continued to push the sport of women's aerials in 2017, winning on home snow in Lake Placid, taking home gold at the FIS Freestyle World Championships and becoming the first woman ever to successfully land a quadruple-twisting triple flip. She is a strong medal contender for the 2018 Games.
Caldwell is up against USA Climbing's Alex Puccio, Utah Falconz football player Keeysha Cox and U.S. Speedskating's Heather Bergsma. Vote for Caldwell here.