2010 Olympics watch: Mancuso, Cook notch quality World Cup results in Austria
HAUS IM ENNSTAL, Austria and#8212; American Lindsey Vonn won three consective World Cup races between Friday and Sunday, while Truckee native Stacey Cook and Squaw Valley product Julia Mancuso each recorded multiple top-15 finishes.
Vonn won downhill races on Friday and Saturday before taking first place in Sunday’s super G. The Vail, Colo., skier has won all four 2010 Audi FIS World Cup downhill races, and is the first American ever to win on three straight days.
and#8220;It’s good to know that I can do it,and#8221; Vonn said. and#8220;There was definitely a little bit more pressure today because everybody was wanting me to do the three in a row, and I wanted to do it myself, so it’s just good to know that I can ski well under pressure, and it just gives me more and more confidence going into Vancouver.and#8221;
Cook, who grew up in Truckee but now resides in Mammoth Lakes, finished 13th in Friday’s downhill and ninth on Saturday to earn her first World Cup top-10 since March 2007.
and#8220;I’m happy, I didn’t have any big mistakes,and#8221; Cook said Saturday. and#8220;But it definitely adds a challenge to shorten the course. You don’t have as much time to think things through, it comes at you faster.
and#8220;It’s a hard thing for athletes to grasp being aggressive enough to make up the hundredths that are going to separate racers without being too aggressive so that you’re killing your speed.and#8221;
Mancuso was 14th on Friday, 11th on Saturday and 10th in Sunday’s super G.