Alpine skiing | Vonn wins again; Stacey Cook sixth in Cortina downhill
CORTINA d’AMPEZZO, Italy and#8212; After finishing runner-up in Saturday’s downhill, Lindsey Vonn won the Cortina super G on Sunday to take sole possession of third place on the women’s all-time FIS Alpine World Cup wins list.
The win marked the 47th of Vonn’s career, which is one more than Austrian Renate Goetschl. It was her fourth consecutive super G victory in Cortina and sixth win at the Italian resort.
Vonn now leads the overall standings by 291 points over Slovenia’s Tina Maze, while she leads the super G standings by 87 points over Fabienne Suter of Switzerland.
Combined with a number of other quality finishes by American racers and#8212; including a fifth place by Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso in the super G and a sixth place by Truckee’s Stacey Cook in the downhill and#8212; the U.S. Ski Team captured the Cortina Trophy, which recognizes the most successful nation during the two-day race series.
Cook’s sixth place in Saturday’s gusty downhill matched her third-best career World Cup result. Mancuso was ninth in the race, which was won by Italian Daniela Merighetti.
After the race, Cook credited her coaches for remaining confident in her racing ability during her extensive career on the U.S. Ski Team.
and#8220;My coach, the other day, said I was like a fine wine, getting better with age. I turned back to him and said, and#8216;Yeah, I’ve always kind of been a late bloomer,’and#8221; Cook said. and#8220;I think a lot of it is credit to the coaches for having confidence in me for so many years when I would have a fast training round and blow it on race day, and they still kept believing in me.
and#8220;All that belief comes through with a little bit of timing, if you start to believe in yourself. They definitely brought me on a big journey.and#8221;
Cook is now in 10th place in the World Cup downhill standings, while Mancuso is sixth and Vonn ninth.
Laurenne Ross was 18th in Saturday’s downhill, Leanne Smith was 30th and Alice McKennis was 42nd.
The following day, Vonn finished ahead of German Maria Hoefl-Riesch to capture the win in the super G.
Mancuso was fifth in the race and Smith 10th to lead three Americans into the top 10 for the second consecutive day.
and#8220;I’m really proud and happy to be a part of this team,and#8221; Vonn said. and#8220;We had an incredible weekend. Stacey, Julia, Leanne and Laurenne are skiing so well right now. For the entire U.S. Ski Team, Cortina was very successful.and#8221;
The women’s World Cup now moves to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for a giant slalom and a slalom Jan. 21-22.
WENGEN, Switzerland and#8212; Bode Miller skied a powerful run down the Lauberhorn on Saturday, dropping in and out of the lead all the way down, but he didn’t have quite enough to upend a the hot Beat Feuz of Switzerland.
Miller finished fifth as Feuz took his second podium in two days to grab the Audi FIS World Cup downhill lead from Miller, who was gunning for his third win in the classic Lauberhorn. The race is the longest downhill on the World Cup circuit.
Miller’s fifth-place finish was his fourth straight top-10 in downhill, coming on the heels of his third-place finish in Friday’s super combined. He remains in sixth place in the overall standings and is second in the downhill points.
Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley finished 27th to earn World Cup points for the fourth time this season.
and#8220;I was really impressed with Marco today,and#8221; said Sasha Rearick, U.S. men’s head coach. and#8220;He was going after it and skiing like Marco from four years ago. He was in his full tuck three inches from the net off the Hundshopf. It was impressive. He skied the super G turns awesome and then going into the Haneggschuss, something happened and he got twisted up. He was going sideways into the powder on the side of the track and dropped a lot of speed.and#8221;
Erik Fisher was 34th, while Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley was 39th, Wiley Maple was 47th and Andrew Weibrecht was 48th.