Alpine ski racing | Mancuso on podium in St. Moritz
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Lindsey Vonn skied a tactically perfect weather-shortened super G to capture her 57th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victory in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Saturday, while Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley finished third.
It was the fourth straight World Cup speed race in which two U.S. athletes recorded top-three finishes. Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who won the opening super combined, was second by .37 to keep the overall chase tight.
“The other girls are skiing so well, Tina and Julia and Maria. It has been a tight field in super G,” Vonn said. “I’m definitely going to have to fight hard. The way Tina has been skiing is really great for the sport. I have a lot of respect for her and she is obviously skiing well in all five events. I’m only skiing well at the moment in downhill and super G.”
Vonn’s win marked the 20th super G podium of her career, which placing her second in all-time SG wins behind Austrian great Hermann Maier (24). She is now five short of tying another Austrian, Annemarie Moser-Proell, for the women’s all-time World Cup win total, with 62.
Mancuso’s third-place finish was her second SG podium of the season, this time on a shortened course due to high winds.
“I like super G a lot and it’s been good for me this year with my new equipment,” Mancuso said. “I’m having fun. It was good that we had downhill before super G because I was really able to figure out what was working.
“Now that I have figured it out more, hopefully other disciplines like GS will be good too. That’s the biggest thing, it takes a little racing to really know. You can train as much as you want in summer but it’s hard to get the exact conditions you want on race day.”
Leanne Smith was 15th, Laurenne Ross 17th and Truckee’s Stacey Cook 26th as the top-ranked women’s speed team has now captured eight of the possible 12 podium finishes this season.
Maze mastered incredibly flat light to win an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super combined Friday in St. Moritz, her third win of the season.
Vonn, who stood fourth after the opening leg of super G, skied out in the slalom portion, while Mancuso posted the top U.S. finish in 11th. Ross was 25th and Cook skied out in the slalom.
The race was one of only two scheduled World Cup super combined events this season and will not award a discipline title, however, it will be a medal event at the World Championships.
Maze won her third straight giant slalom to cap the weekend on Sunday. Vonn was fifth in the event after the opening run and up nearly a full second in the final when she saved a mid race crash to finish 27th. Mancuso battled high winds during her final run to lead the U.S. Ski Team in 21st.
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