World Cup skiing | Mancuso completes USA sweep with super G win
February 6, 2012
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany and#8212; Three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley attacked a gnarly Garmisch super G that forced 14 racers off course to win her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of the season Sunday.
The victory, which was the sixth of Mancusoand#8217;s career, completed a U.S. Ski Team weekend sweep following Lindsey Vonnand#8217;s historic victory in the opening downhill.
and#8220;At this point in my career, I really want to win,and#8221; Mancuso said. and#8220;I go into every race with that attitude and I knew that today and#8212; just like the other super Gs and#8212; you have to put it all on the line. You canand#8217;t hold back at all if you want to win a super G. When I crossed the finish line, I thought, and#8216;If that wasnand#8217;t good enough, then I donand#8217;t know what is.and#8217;and#8221;
Vonn, who won the downhill Saturday to record the 50th win of her career (25th in downhill), caught an edge and did not finish. Mancuso and Vonn last combined for a sweep Dec. 19-20, 2006 in Cortina dand#8217;Ampezzo, Italy.
The rugged, icy race course forced 14 racers off course, including all other Americans. Frigid temperatures and extremely flat light added to the difficult conditions.
and#8220;It was very difficult. I really couldnand#8217;t see much, but that was what you had to do and#8212; you had to go for it,and#8221; Mancuso said. and#8220;I knew that I kept my speed the whole way despite a couple of mistakes. I stayed in there, it was a rough ride, but I managed to make it to the finish.and#8221;
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Mancuso, who won her fourth World Championships medal, a super G silver, on the same hill last season, has now landed on the podium four times this season.
and#8220;That was really cool to see Jules going again like hell,and#8221; said U.S. womenand#8217;s head coach Alex Hoedlmoser. and#8220;Sheand#8217;s been building to this and we all knew that it was just a matter of time before sheand#8217;d be back on top this season.and#8221;
Vonn continues to lead the overall World Cup standings by 482 points, though her super G lead dropped to 20 points with her non-finish.
The womenand#8217;s World Cup now moves to Soldeu, Andorra, for a giant slalom and slalom.
CHAMONIX, France and#8212; Bode Miller came within .01 seconds of victory in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhills in Chamonix on Friday and was eighth in the second downhill Saturday.
American teammates Erik Fisher and Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley stormed into the top 15, with Ganong following up a career-best 12th-place finish in the Kitzbuehel downhill with a 13th place on Friday. Ganong was 27th on Saturday and Marco Sullivan, also of Squaw Valley, was 36th. Sullivan was 27th in Fridayand#8217;s downhill.
and#8220;Step-by-step Travis (Ganong) is getting more comfortable and looking for his tuck more,and#8221; said Sasha Rearick, U.S. menand#8217;s head coach. and#8220;He tucked a lot more today than he has in the past and itand#8217;s starting to pay off.
On Friday, Klaus Kroell snagged the first Austrian speed win of the season as Swiss Didier Cuche finished third. Canadians Jan Hudec, Erik Guay and Benjamin Thomsen piled into the top five on Saturday, finishing first, third and fifth.