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Olympics: U.S. men fail to medal in disappointing downhill

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It certainly didn’t happen for the Utahns in the race.

Nyman finished 27th and flogged himself for failing to "let it go," while Park City resident Marco Sullivan was 30th in a field of 50 starters.

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"I just made too many mistakes," Nyman said, "especially coming into some flat areas. It was just horrendous. … My willingness to let it go wasn’t really there. I skied pretty, but not fast."

The only real bright spot for the Americans was a surprising fifth-place finish by first-time Olympian Travis Ganong, a one-time Westminster College student who never has reached the top five in a World Cup race but gave the U.S. two top-10 finishers in an Olympic downhill for the first time.

"I just let myself relax and just let my skiing take over," he said. "I had a lot of fun and it worked out."

Though it was a disappointing start for the U.S. Ski Team, the Americans still have Miller racing probably four more times in the next two weeks, alongside Park City’s triple world champion Ted Ligety.

And he hasn’t even arrived yet.

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