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Mancuso closes Nationals with 11th U.S. title

U.S. Ski Team report

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. and#8212; Three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley captured the 11th U.S. title of her career with a victory in the womenand#8217;s giant slalom to close the 2010 Visa U.S. Alpine Championships at Whiteface Mountain on Tuesday.

and#8220;I actually havenand#8217;t skied giant slalom since the Olympics, so it was nice to get back on my GS skis,and#8221; Mancuso said.

Mancuso was also the giant slalom champion in 2009, 2005 and 2003. With 11 titles, she now moves past U.S. great Andrea Mead Lawrence for the most titles of any American male or female, breaking a record that has stood for 55 years.

The weekend brought some closure to a season that Mancuso had long worked hard for.

and#8220;Coming back from a back injury, I always had the goal of getting ready for the Olympics. Even going into last season it hurt. I wanted to keep trying. Just being able to see the reward of the plan paying off was really amazing,and#8221; Mancuso said.

Second place for the day went to Laurenne Ross, who produced the fastest second run. Ross was also third in the super G and second in the combined at Whiteface.

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Malin Hemmingson of Sweden was third followed by U.S. downhill champion Leanne Smith.

The top U.S. junior was Julia Ford out of U.S. Development Team, though the fastest junior was Erin Mielzynski of Canada. J-2 Foreste Peterson of the Squaw Valley Ski Team was the next-fastest U.S. junior.

2010 Visa U.S. Alpine Championships

Lake Placid, NY – March 22, 2010

Womenand#8217;s Giant Slalom

1. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 2:07.52

2. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 2:08.11

3. Malin Hemmingsson, Sweden, 2:08.25

4. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 2:08.98

5. Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 2:09.17