Local racer off to ‘Cook-in’ start | SierraSun.com

Local racer off to ‘Cook-in’ start

Pentaphoto, Marco Trovati / AP Photo Stacey Cook, a 2002 Truckee High graduate, flies down the course on her way to a fourth-place finish in the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada on Friday.

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta ” Truckee resident and rising U.S. Ski Team Alpine racer Stacey Cook posted solid results in two World Cup downhill races and a super G event this past weekend.

Cook, winner of the super G title at last year’s U.S. Alpine Championships and a first-time Olympian in 2006, raced to a fourth-place finish in the first women’s World Cup downhill of the season on Friday. The 2002 Truckee High grad then tied for 24th in Saturday’s downhill and followed with a 25th-place finish in the super G on Sunday.

Head U.S. Alpine coach Patrick Riml was impressed with Cook’s first-ever top-five finish.

“She was prepared well and she put down a good one, too,” he told reporters on Friday.

Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley finished 10th in Saturday’s downhill, while placing 39th in Friday’s downhill and 35th in Sunday’s super G.

Stealing the show for the Americans was Lindsey Kildow, who collected three podium finishes in three days.

Kildow, from Vail, Colo., came in second in Friday’s downhill before winning Saturday’s downhill and placing second in Sunday’s super G.

“I know this hill so well. I know this course like the back of my hand,” Kildow told reporters after her downhill win Saturday. “In the start, I don’t have to think about it.”

Cook’s fourth-place finish on Friday came in 1:52.17 ” less than a second behind German Maria Riesch’s winning time of 1:51.31. Kildow finished in 1:51.74 and Nadia Fanchini of Italy 1:52.06.

Mancuso placed 10th on Saturday in 1:51.40. Kildow’s winning time was 1:48.84.

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