Mancuso, Cook post quality finishes | SierraSun.com

Mancuso, Cook post quality finishes

U.S. Ski Team reports

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley tied for 10th in a World Cup super G on Sunday to lead three U.S. women into the top 25.

Sweden’s Anja Paerson won her second race in 24 hours and took over the World Cup overall points lead.

Paerson, the current super G world champion, covered the 2.05K course in 1:15.06. Emily Brydon of Canada finished second, just four-hundredths of a second back.

Mancuso had a time of 1:15.57, tying her with Canadian Britt Janyk, who won a downhill last weekend at the Audi Aspen Winternational in Colorado. Vonn finished another hundredths of a second back while Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) was 24th in 1:16.53.

Truckee’s Stacey Cook placed 34th in 1:17.09, and Keely Kelleher of Big Sky, Mont., was 44th in 1:17.91

“This was a tight race today. Jules and Lindsey were a half-second off the lead and they were 10th and 12th, but less than three-tenths away from the podium,” U.S. Head Coach Patrick Riml said. “That’s how close the women’s tour can be. It’s tight.”

The women head next to St. Anton, Austria, for a downhill Friday and a super combined Saturday before the Christmas break.

Results

2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP

St. Moritz, SUI – Dec. 16, 2007

Women’s Super G (shifted from Val d’Isere, FRA)

1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:15.06

2. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:15.10

3. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:15.28

4. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 1:15.29

5. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:15.30

10T. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:15.57

12. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:15.58

24. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, WA, 1:16.53

34. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:17.09

44. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, MT, 1:17.91

Vonn reclaimed the World Cup downhill points lead Saturday, finishing second in a downhill on the 2003 World Championships course, while Paerson took the top spot in the single-digit cold.

Paerson posted a time of 1:39.32 and Vonn 1:39.40. Maria Riesch of Germany was third.

Mancuso finished 10th (1:40.74) and Cook 27th (1:42.17).

Results

2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP

ST. MORITZ, SUI – Dec. 15, 2007

Women’s Downhill (shifted from Val d’Isere, FRA)

1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:39.32

2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:39.40

3. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:39.65

4. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:39.70

5. Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, Switzerland, 1:39.99

10. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:40.74

27. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:42.17

39. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, MT, 1:43.10

43. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, WA, 1:44.09