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Mancuso, Cook gaining speed for Sochi

Staff and U.S. Ski Team report

CORTINA d'AMPEZZO, Italy — Squaw Valley skier Julia Mancuso recorded her best result of the season with a seventh-place finish in an Alpine World Cup super G in Cortina, Italy, on Thursday.

Truckee native Stacey Cook also finished in the top 10, as she placed ninth for her best super G finish since 2007.

"Things are going in the right direction and I know I have a lot more in me," Mancuso said. "Training has been going really well and racing is getting better, so I'm getting there just in time for the Olympics."

Cook credited her equipment, which she said has helped lead to a breakthrough in the super G this season.

"I've been psyched with my super G equipment since back in the fall. It's the best stuff I've had on my feet in years," Cook said. "I made it in to the top 30 mix for this race because of some injuries and I knew this was a great opportunity. The plan was to trust everything — my skiing, my inspection, some adjustments from the coaches — and then to just attack. It was a fun run and I'm thankful it was fast too."

Austria's Elisabeth Goergl won the race, which was a replacement for the canceled super G race last weekend due to a powerful winter storm that sidelined the weekend's speed events.

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The athletes will take on the downhill Friday, another replacement event, followed by a downhill and super G on Saturday and Sunday in Cortina.

The U.S. Olympic selection period ends on Sunday and official team nominations will be announced that afternoon.

"I know that great results are going to come again, because we have a lot of talent in our group," said Chip White, head women's speed team coach. "It's unfortunate we don't have Lindsey [Vonn] and Alice [McKennis], but we still have a very solid team and everybody is starting to step it up."

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