Mancuso gets third, Cook 13th in super combined
ST. ANTON, Austria ” American Lindsey Vonn took over as World Cup points leader and passed childhood idol Picabo Street as she won a World Cup super combined for her second victory in 24 hours and the 10th of her career Saturday.
Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley was third for the second day in a row, and Truckee’s Stacey Cook finished 13th ” fifth in downhill.
Vonn’s teammates lifted her onto their shoulders in the finish area to mark the historic moment ” the first time an American woman has won two races on back-to-back days since Tamara McKinney won a giant slalom and slalom March 10-11, 1984 at Waterville Valley, N.H.
Vonn, who had won a downhill Friday, and Mancuso were 1-2 after the downhill portion of the “super combi.” Mancuso was tied for second with defending champion and then-reigning World Cup points leader Nicole Hosp of Austria, but Hosp went out on her second run.
Mancuso, with a bobble in the lower portion of the slalom, had the fourth-fastest SL run and finished in 2:20.93 for her third podium of the season. Cook finished in 2:25.51.
Vonn posted a time of 2:20.28 for the downhill and one run of slalom.
In second place was her close friend Maria Riesch of Germany (2:20.91), who will be hosting Vonn for the Christmas holidays.
“This is so great,” Vonn said. “I’m so happy to be on the podium, and to be on the podium with Maria and Julia … just so wonderful.”
After missing slalom training Friday because of the normal post-race press conference and other interviews, Vonn said Cook filled her in on the course set by Chris Knight, U.S. women’s slalom and GS head coach.
When Hosp, Sweden’s Anja Paerson and Austrian Marlies Schild ” the defending World Cup slalom champ ” went out in the SL, it left the door wide open for Vonn.
“With so many good racers out, I didn’t have to take too many risks on my slalom run,” Vonn said. “I decided to make it a smart race.”
She refused to think about winning the overall title because it’s so early in the World Cup schedule ” and because the women won’t be running speed races until late January.
“It’s fun to be leading the overall standings now, but the season is long,” she said. “I like to be one of the main players, but Nicole Hosp is a remarkable skier in all the disciplines.”
The women face three weekends of slalom and GS racing, so Vonn ” who also is No. 1 in downhill points ” said Hosp likely will move back to the top of the overall standings. “I’ll do my best [in the tech races] and if [success] comes, it comes. If not, that’s also OK,” she added.
After 12 races, Vonn has 474 points to 419 for Hosp. Riesch is third at 389 and Mancuso sixth (364), with a podium in three different disciplines ” super combined, DH and giant slalom.
Vonn has seven World Cup triumphs in downhill, two in super G and now one in super combined. Overall, she has 25 top-3s in her career. Among U.S. women, she is second to McKinney, who won 18 World Cup races.
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, Colo., 2:20.28
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 2:20.91
3. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, 2:20.93
4. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 2:22.56
5. (tie) Sandrine Aubert, France 2:22.97
5. (tie) Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 2:22.97
13. Stacey Cook, Truckee, 2:25.51
Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, Wyo.