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Mancuso 22nd, Cook 39th in Lake Louise super G

U.S. Ski Team reports

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta ” World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn led the U.S. Ski Team with a ninth-place finish in the Lake Louise super G on Sunday, while Olympic Valley’s Julia Mancuso finished 22nd and Truckee’s Stacey Cook 39th.

Italy’s Nadia Fanchini won the race in less-than-ideal conditions.

“We were lucky to get the race off at all; it was snowing so hard (Sunday) morning,” Vonn said.

Despite the snow, the U.S. Team placed four athletes in the top 30. Leanne Smith charged hard down the pitch and carried speed across the tricky bottom flats to land in 17th place ” her career best Word Cup result ” and Chelsea Marshall turned in a career-best super G finish in 21st.

Fabienne Suter of Switzerland and Austrian Andrea Fischbacher tied for second place in 1:21.25 and Sweden’s Anja Paerson was fourth.

The women got underway after a 30-minute delay. In Saturday’s downhill there were two delays before the race was ultimately canceled; all of which adds up to a lot of waiting around.

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“It’s tough to stay positive when there is so much waiting,” Vonn said. “You really have to stick to your game plan and keep focused. Today it was snowing so hard, it didn’t seem like we would be able to race, but then we were able to pull it off. You have to be ready for that.”

Vonn currently leads the overall World Cup standings, but losing a speed race would take away the opportunity for her to score up to 100 valuable points in defense of her title.

The race has not yet been rescheduled.

Tracy said Mancuso, who has missed a good deal of training due to a bothersome back injury, is skiing well and is “on track.”

“Everyone wants to see her on the podium and they will. She needs miles on her skis. These early results are really all for training,” he said.

Mancuso, the reigning Olympic giant slalom champion, was third in the 2007 overall World Cup standings, and fifth in 2008.

“When you haven’t had the time on snow, it doesn’t matter how good you are. These results clearly aren’t an indication of how good she is. Wait until January,” Tracy said.

Women’s Super G

1. Nadia Fanchini, Italy, 1:20.97

2. Fabienne Suter, Switzerland, 1:21.25

2. Andrea Fischbacher, Austria, 1:21.25

4. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:21.31

5. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, Sweden, 1:21.46

17. Leanne Smith, Conway, N.H., 1:22.27

21. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, Vt., 1:22.51

22. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:22.52

39. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, Calif., 1:23.29

45. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, Minn., 1:23.56

48. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, Mont., 1:23.69

51. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 1:24.44

DNF: Megan McJames, Park City, Utah