Cook goes back to back
Truckee skier Stacey Cook may loathe racing in cold weather, but her results competing in such bitter-chilly conditions suggest the opposite.The cold weather is just miserable, but for some reason Im fast on cold days, an elated Cook said by phone from Sugarloaf, Maine, on Monday, shortly after winning the womens downhill title at the 2008 U.S. Alpine Championships.The win came just one day after capturing the super G crown, giving Cook her second U.S. title in two days and the third of her career. The race-time temperature: about minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit, Cook said.Its so cold. Its definitely not California weather, said Cook, a 2002 Truckee High grad who now skis out of Mammoth. I cant wait to get home.That familiar California sunshine will have to wait until Thursday for Cook, who plans to return to Truckee for two weeks after her season officially ends with Wednesdays giant slalom.While Cook is no fan of the nasty weather that altered the U.S. Alpine Championships schedule, she enjoyed soaking in the moment of her successive wins with her U.S. Ski Team on Monday.Im pretty excited. Its definitely cool to get two national titles in two days, she said. …Its great because Lindsey (Vonn) is here looking to win also, and to beat her two days in a row is just awesome because shes been so dominant.Vonn, the womens World Cup overall champion, placed second behind Cook in the downhill, posting a time of 1:11.78 to Cooks 1:11.69.Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley is sick and did not compete in the Championships, said team press officer Doug Haney. In Sundays super G, Cook finished five-hundredth of a second ahead of Leanne Smith (1:15.00 to 1:15.05) for the win. She also won the super G title two years ago in Maine. I wanted to end the season well. I kind of had a rough year on the World Cup, said Cook, who finished 21st overall in the super G and 39th in the downhill. I didnt get the top results I was looking for. So I just wanted to ski well and stay clean and focused.
Marco Sullivan finished third in the mens super G at the U.S. Alpine Championships on Sunday, while Travis Ganong of the U.S. Ski Teams C squad placed 11th. Both ski out of Squaw Valley.Kevin Francis won the mens super G with a time of 1:19.62 to edge second-place Bryon Friedman (1:19.73) and Sullivan (1:19.96). Ganong posted a time of 1:20.93.Ganongs 11th-place effort was good enough for the Junior National title, Haney said, adding that Ganong also won the combined title among Juniors. Ganong also finished seventh overall in Mondays downhill, while Sullivan missed the race because it was postponed and he had a plane to catch to Whistler, B.C.
The United States led the nations count of titles in the 2008 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season.Led by overall champions Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller, American skiers earned five titles. Germany, Italy and Austria each had two.It was the strongest showing ever for the USA, with three different skiers Vonn, Miller and Ted Ligety taking titles. Ligety won the giant slalom title, with Vonn adding downhill and Miller super combined.Were turning the world upside down in Alpine ski racing, said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. To have two Americans win the overall, its a special deal. And its by a number of different athletes. What it says is that were here to stay and dominate Alpine ski racing.Among local racers, Sullivan placed fourth in the downhill for the best finish of his career. Sullivan also was 28th in the overall and 30th in the super G.Mancuso finished seventh in both the overall and downhill, fifth in the giant slalom, eighth in the super G, sixth in the combined and 28th in the slalom.Cook finished 21st in the super G, 23rd in the combined, 39th in the downhill, 48th in the overall and 54th in the GS.
MenOverall – Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H.Downhill – Didier Cuche, SwitzerlandSuper G – Hannes Reichelt, AustriaGiant Slalom – Ted Ligety, Park City, UtahSlalom – Manfred Moelgg, ItalySuper Combined – Bode MillerWomenOverall – Lindsey Vonn, Vail, Colo.Downhill – Lindsey Vonn, Vail, Colo.Super G – Maria Riesch, GermanyGiant Slalom – Denise Karbon, ItalySlalom – Marlies Schild, AustriaSuper Combined – Maria Riesch, GermanyNation TitlesUSA 5, Germany 2, Italy 2, Austria 2, Switzerland 1The U.S. Ski Team contributed to this report