In the never ending quest for success, 32-year-old competitor Warner Nickerson has once again skied his way into a couple of World Cup starts, earning the nod from the U.S. Ski Team for giant slalom spots in Beaver Creek, Colo., and Val d’Isere, France.
“It’s so sweet,” said Nickerson following the announcement. “I’m pumped.”
Nickerson said he and other hopefuls were told by team coaches they would receive World Cup starts based on NorAm results in Loveland. “Brennan Rubie secured a spot with a podium,” said Nickerson. “I was the second fastest American and then in the second race I took too much risk and wound up, I don’t know, 15th or something (ed note: 14th). The team took a look at those results and combined with training and gave me the starts.”
Nickerson’s international ranking in giant slalom is currently 38th in the world, so he doesn’t expect his start numbers to be too prohibitive. “I’m totally fired up,” he added. “My back is not the issue it has been, and I’m skiing the best I ever have.”