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Jan

20

2014

Up & Comers: Lyman Currier, 19

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Photo by Zach Doleac

Résumé: The halfpipe and slopestyle double threat now ranks in the top five of the overall standings.

A steep learning curve is to be expected from the son of an Olympic skier. Consider Lyman Currier. “When he was 11 we ripped around the mountain at 60 miles per hour,” says his father David, the 1973 U.S. national alpine champion. “In a lot of ways he’s a clone of me, but a more superior athlete.” A few decades ago, that pedigree would have led to a racing career. Times have changed. Lyman took his talents to the terrain park and the halfpipe, where he needed every last strand of his genetic golden ticket to succeed. He was born with amblyopia, which left him effectively blind in the right eye—a serious handicap for spins off the lip of a 22-foot superpipe or a 60-foot big air jump. And a 2012 knee injury required surgery, rehab, and a two-a-day gym schedule. But he’s back, and even better after eye surgery in June to improve his depth perception. As evidence: A halfpipe win and seventh-place finish in slopestyle at August’s New Zealand Freeski Open. “My dad never pushed me to race,” says Lyman. “He just let me do what I wanted—which was slinging my body off every air I could find.”

Watch For: Ski halfpipe and slopestyle debut at the Sochi Games. Lyman competes for a Team USA slot at U.S. Grand Prix qualifiers in December and January.   —Matt Hart

From the Winter 2014 issue.

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