For the second straight Winter Olympics, Middleton native Erik Fisher qualified for the U.S. downhill team. But for the second straight Winter Olympics, he won’t compete in the event.
Team USA coaches left the 2003 Eagle High graduate off the team after the final training run Friday, announcing they would take Steven Nyman for its fourth and final spot in Sunday’s men’s downhill race.
Nyman also beat out Fisher for the final spot in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver after Fisher broke his right arm and wrist earlier in the season. He never had a chance to compete in training runs due to weather before the Vancouver Olympics.
It’s common for countries to bring more skiers than slots they own for the Olympics so coaches can make a final decision for the medal round based on training runs.
U.S. coach Sasha Rearick said he used Friday’s training session as a “one-run shootout,” with Nyman tied for 18th. Fisher wound up several spots behind.
Fisher, 28, told the Idaho Press-Tribune earlier this week a knee injury that forced him to miss the 2013 ski season is still bothering him. He’s had four surgeries on the knee already, and he said it needs another scope.
Nyman joins Bode Miller, Travis Ganong and Marco Sullivan on the U.S. team for Sunday’s race. Nyman finished 20th in Vancouver and 19th in Turin, Italy, in 2006.
Fisher still participated in Friday’s opening ceremonies and could also compete in the Super G or Super Combined ski events later in the Olympics.