VAL GARDENA, Italy - When Utah native Steven Nyman arrives in the heart of the Dolomite Range each year the week before Christmas, he gets a special feeling. Dave Henderson Jersey .Special because his only two World Cup victories have come on the classic Saslong course, in 2006 and 2012.Special because this race is considered a downhillers downhill — full of long, high-speed gliding sections but also filled with terrain and both big and small jumps, a result of following the mountains natural fall line like few other World Cup courses.On average during the two-minute descent, skiers go airborne a total of 25 to 30 times.Its at the top of the list for fun factor, Nyman said after leading Wednesdays only training session for Fridays race. It has all of the ingredients: jumps, technical sections, gliding.At 6-foot-4 (1.93 metres) and 215 pounds (98 kilograms), Nymans big, muscular legs are well equipped to deal with the constant leaping and landing that often make skiers look like deer as they navigate their way down through the forest.The key to this course is getting back to the ground as quickly as possible. I have long shock absorbers and that helps a great deal, Nyman, who grew up in Sundance, Utah, said in an interview with The Associated Press.Thin snow cover this year prompted organizers to cancel Thursdays second training session to help preserve the course. Also, the super-G and downhill were flip-flopped, pushing the super-G back to Saturday.They cant groom the piste and make it perfectly smooth, so theres a lot of natural stuff, micro terrain and a lot of bumps, Nyman said. The camel jumps are maybe the biggest theyve ever been.Another win would move Nyman within one of the race record of four shared by Austrian legend Franz Klammer and Italian great Kristian Ghedina.Nyman enters in solid form following a third-place result in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this month.Thats a big step up from last season, when his best result was 19th in Lake Louise, Alberta. Nyman has had to deal with back, knee and Achilles tendon injuries in recent seasons but hes fully healthy now.Physically I feel really, really good, Nyman said. Last year I felt good, too, but my equipment didnt feel right. So after last season I threw everything out and started over with my ski technician. We downsized my boots, worked on new plates, new bindings — new everything. And now weve gotten to the point where Im feeling really comfortable and I like it.Confident enough that the 32-year-old Nyman is wondering if he could challenge for the season-long World Cup downhill title. With the likes of Aksel Lund Svindal, Bode Miller and Erik Guay — who won this downhill last season — out injured, he sees an opening.Sochi bronze medallist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won the opening two downhills this season but he trailed Nyman by 0.19 seconds in Wednesdays training.Ive got a lot of knowledge of the courses and I feel like I can push my ranking higher and maybe even go after a title, Nyman said.Nyman slipped to the U.S. squads B team for this season, meaning he had to pay $20,000 out of his own pocket to race the World Cup. Fortunately, some U.S. Ski Team trustees stepped in and helped him out financially.Teammate Marco Sullivan is in the same situation.Its been tough on athletes of our calibre. But weve figured it out, Nyman said. Its brought awareness to the team.Sullivan has finished fourth and fifth in Val Gardena but never made the podium. Coming off a fifth-place result in Lake Louise, hes also got momentum.With former U.S womens head coach Alex Hoedlmoser taking over the mens speed team for this season, theres a new vibe within the squad.He busts his butt on the hill to create great training for us and we really respect that, Nyman said. And with Pete Anderson, Scotty Veenis and Chris Beckmann as assistant coaches, we all respect each other. Theyre all my age and were good buddies for life. Its fun and were all fired up.___Andrew Dampf can be followed at www.twitter.com/asdampf Oakland Athletics Jerseys . The Philadelphia left fielder clubbed a tiebreaking, solo home run in the seventh inning, and the Phillies edged the Red Sox, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game interleague series at Citizens Bank Park. Marcus Semien Jersey . 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Broncos executive vice-president John Elway said the team was frustrated with what happened "and, I think, disappointed in Von." "Well live with that decision," Elway said. "What Id like to do is try to do everything we can to prevent any other situations." According to the NFL, Miller is eligible to play and practice through the last two preseason games. His suspension, without pay, will begin Aug. 31, and will cost him more than $800,000 of the nearly $2.3 million hes scheduled to make this season. Hell be allowed at the team facility, but not at practice during the suspension. He can return to the field Oct. 14, the day after Denvers home game against Jacksonville, and will be eligible for an Oct. 20 contest at the Indianapolis Colts. After being notified of the decision, Miller released a statement saying, "although my suspension doesnt result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules." 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It gives Fox a chance to finalize "Plan B" for a team listed at most Vegas sports books as the favourite to win the Super Bowl. Miller is the best player on the Broncos defence -- the second pick of the 2011 draft, the NFLs 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year and runner-up last season for the leagues Defensive Player of the Year. He had 18 1/2 sacks last season and 30 over his two years. Likely to take his spot at the rush linebacker position is Shauun Phillips, a 10-year veteran the Broncos signed in free agency during the off-season. Terry Steinbach Jersey. Others in the mix in a juggled linebacker corps include Nate Irving, Wesley Woodyard and Danny Trevathan. Another linebacker, Stewart Bradley, had emerged as a front-runner over Irving at middle linebacker during training camp, but he hurt his left wrist in a preseason game Saturday night and underwent surgery. On Tuesday, the Broncos signed 12th-year veteran Paris Lenon, who played ahead of Bradley in Arizona last year. "Were going to have to have guys play better," Fox said. "Everybody is going to have to step up. I know its Next man up, but hes a hard man to replace." Miller, meanwhile, has a number of issues pending before his return. Among them, staying in playing shape while not being allowed to practice with the team. He also must clear up his recent arrest for failing to appear in court for traffic violations. News of the arrest came as Miller was deep in negotiations with the league and the union over his case, about which he repeatedly insisted he had "done nothing wrong." Then, theres the issue of keeping the trust of his teammates, who have steadfastly backed him during a summer filled with turmoil. "Has not changed," Peyton Manning said Tuesday, before word of the six-game suspension became official. "Theres been a lot of noise and speculation. But Von is one of our teammates. Hes part of the family, and I certainly have his back as his teammate and I know that all the players do and the organization does." The organization has been hit by a number of distracting stories since last season ended with a loss to Baltimore in the divisional playoffs. The Broncos lost their second-leading sack man, Elvis Dumervil, because of a foul-up with a fax machine while his contract was being finalized. Two front-office executives got arrested on drunken-driving charges and were suspended. Millers status has been the news since training camp started, though it has shared headlines with a steady beat of injuries coming out of training camp. All of which threatens the focus of a team that brought Manning in to win the Super Bowl now. "I think sometimes you can use distractions to your benefit, in the fact that distractions are also when you are getting patted on the back all the time, which we have been quite a bit," Elway said. 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