Mancuso posts best finish of career |

Mancuso posts best finish of career

World Championships medalist Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley equaled the best World Cup result of her career Sunday, Feb. 20, in Are, Sweden, finishing fourth in a giant slalom behind surprise winner Maria Jose Rienda Contreras of Spain. It was Spain’s first World Cup victory since 1991.

Rienda Contreras had the fastest second run to win in-2:04.68 with first-run leader Nicole Hosp of Austria in second place at 2:05.26. Mancuso’s time was 2:05.61 – fourth-hundredths away from the podium as national favorite Anja Paerson was third in 2:05.57. Kristina Koznick (Eagan, MN) was 16th and Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) 20th.

“It was fun. I’ve been skiing well lately,” Mancuso said, “and I skied like I’ve been skiing in training. I just skied relaxed.” In between runs, she said, she watched the men’s super G from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and took things easy.”

The course is not the same technical run which will be used for the 2007 World Championships in Are, she said. “This hill is very flat. You have to be clean all the way down,” Mancuso said.

The women race next weekend in San Sicario, Italy, with a downhill, super G and one-day combined mixing a shortened downhill and one run of slalom.

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