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Mancuso 13th on icy Canadian downhill course

Sun staff reports

On a frigid downhill course at Lake Louise resort in Alberta Canada, Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso captures 13th place, while American Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill Saturday.

Mancuso skied more than two seconds slower than Vonn, formerly Kildow, on the icy slope, where temperatures plunged to 18 below zero. She posted a 1:50.95 time.

The Squaw Valley skier and Olympic Gold medalist is skiing with high expectations, after starting off the season hot with a second-place finish on the Rettenbach Glacier in Austria.

Vonn was followed by Austria’s Renate Goetschl and Canada’s Britt Janyk in a race on the men’s Olympic downhill course.

This was the fourth career downhill victory at Lake Louise for Vonn, who was timed in 1 minute, 48.69 seconds. She married U.S. skier Thomas Vonn in September.

“Everyone has their race hill that they love,” said the 23-year-old, who won her first career race here and has been on the podium seven times. “It’s a certain feeling you get.

“I don’t need any training runs. I feel like every year I could just come here and race right away and do well again.”

Goetschl finished in 1:49.77 and Janyk was timed at 1:49.96 in her first top-three result on the World Cup circuit.

“I’m speechless,” said Janyk, who received a phone call in the finish area from her brother Mike, who is competing in Europe with the technical team. “I’ve been waiting to get up on the podium so long. It feels really amazing.”

The Canadian women were hoping to match last week’s result when compatriot Jan Hudec won the opening men’s downhill race in Lake Louise.

Truckee High graduate Stacey Cook finished the course in 49th place.