Julia Mancuso earns silver in super G at Alpine Worlds
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany and#8212; Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley picked up the silver medal in super G to kick off the Alpine Ski World Championships in Germany on Tuesday.
Mancuso, who has three Olympic medals and now four World Championship medallions, seemed to improve as her run progressed as she displayed stellar control over a difficult, dappled and icy Kandahar course to come within five hundredths of her first championship.
Elisabeth Goergl of Austria won the super G title, posting a total time of 1:23:82 to Mancuso’s 1:23:87. Germany’s Maria Riesch was third in 1:24:03, while Truckee’s Stacey Cook did not finish her first run.
In seventh was defending all-world queen Lindsey Vonn, looking, perhaps, just a touch tentative after having railed on organizers the day before the event for offering a course too dangerous for female skiers. Though the course seemed ideally suited for her strength and tactical skill, Vonn did not attack as we have grown accustomed to seeing.
Mancuso said her run definitely improved as she moved down course.
and#8220;I didn’t start off the greatest, but as I started to pick up momentum down the course I started to get a good feeling and started to ski better and better,and#8221; Mancuso said.
She said she thought she’d be lucky to get the bronze, so was more than pleased with silver.
and#8220;I’m still chasing the win,and#8221; she said. and#8220;I’ll just remember that I need those five hundredths. You have to have everything here.and#8221;