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Alpine skiing | Mancuso 2nd, Cook 8th in Austrian downhill

Sun Staff and U.S. Ski Team report
Doug Haney / U.S. Ski TeamJulia Mancuso interviews with German television after finishing second in the Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, downhill for her third podium of the season.
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BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria and#8212; Squaw Valley skier Julia Mancuso finished second and Stacey Cook of Truckee was eighth as three Americans recorded top-10 finishes in an Alpine World Cup downhill race in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on Saturday.

Mancuso posted a time of 1:48.56 to Austrian Elisabeth Goergland#8217;s winning mark of 1:48.40. Lindsey Vonn survived a big mistake right out of the starting gate to finish fourth, missing the podium by a mere five hundredths, while Cook clocked a time of 1:49.31 for her eighth-place finish.

Julia Ford finished 22nd, Laurenne Ross was 23rd and Alice McKennis 26th to give the American women six top-30 finishes.

and#8220;It was a really cool to see such a solid performance from our team,and#8221; said Mancuso, who recorded her third podium of the season. and#8220;Lindsey is always fast, but it was good to see Stacey in there and Laurenne right back in it after her crash in Lake Louise (on Dec. 3).and#8221;

Mancuso, whose second place was her best downhill finish since winning World Cup Finals last March, has now been on the podium for downhill, super G and giant slalom this season.

Vonn, meanwhile, who was still fighting a stomach flu over the weekend, expanded her Audi FIS World Cup overall lead with her fourth place. She continues to lead the downhill standings as well.

and#8220;I’m really happy for Julia with second and for Liz Goergl for winning at home,and#8221; Vonn said. and#8220;I’m still happy with fourth considering where my strength is, but Lizzy and Julia skied really well and deserved to be on the podium.and#8221;