Vonn, Mancuso 1-2 in super G
TARVISIO, Italy and#8212; Lindsey Vonn and Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso finished first and second, respectively, on the sunny super G track in Tarvisio, Italy, on Sunday.
Vonn secured her third World Cup title in three days as she won the penultimate super G of the season with a 0.23 second advantage over Mancuso.
World Cup overall leader Maria Riesch of Germany finished third, 0.50 seconds behind Vonn as Vonn closed the gap in the overall title race to 96 points (1,676-1,580) with the 41st World Cup win of her career.
and#8220;At this point I actually feel really relaxed,and#8221; said Vonn. and#8220;I know I have to perform if I still want to be at all in contention for the overall and that’s how I’m approaching it. I have to go after it and if I make mistakes I make mistakes. But I have to try to do my best to give Maria a run for her money.and#8221;
It was the fourth time Vonn, Mancuso and Riesch shared a podium this season.
Fellow American Laurenne Ross, who has made considerable noise in her first full season on the World Cup tour, finished fourth, missing the U.S. podium sweep by just two-tenths of a second. American Leanne Smith was 11th and Stacey Cook of Truckee 26th.
The last time U.S. women finished 1-2-4 was Jan. 14, 2007 in a Zauchensee super combined as Mancuso, Vonn (then Kildow) and Resi Stiegler accomplished the rare feat.
It has been an unbelievable weekend in the Italian Alps for Vonn as she secured her career 10th, 11th and 12th World Cup titles. She pulled in her second consecutive super combined title on Friday, her fourth downhill crown in a row on Saturday and her third consecutive super G season championship Sunday. She took the first two crystal globes this weekend with second-place finishes then ended the trip with her eighth World Cup victory of the season.
With only one super G left on this season’s schedule, Vonn’s current 171-point lead on Riesch (560-389) is well out of the German’s reach. Vonn won four of this season’s six super G races to date and finished second in the other two.
Mancuso, however, could still improve on her season super G ranking, as she currently stands third with 315 points.
It was Mancuso’s 24th World Cup podium and her best result in a super G in three years. She has tallied four World Cup podiums as well as a World Championships silver medal in this her best season in four years. She currently stands in fifth place in the overall rankings with 836 points. Mancuso’s best overall ranking came in 2007 when she finished third. That was the same year she scored her last World Cup win with a downhill victory in Tarvisio. The first words out of her mouth in the finish area were in celebration of her young teammate’s accomplishment, and#8220;Yeah Laurenne!and#8221;
and#8220;I wanted to be top three for super G this season and I knew that could happen. Lindsey is skiing really well so I figured if I had a good season and try to win more next year,and#8221; said Mancuso, who stands fourth in the downhill rankings. and#8220;I think if I keep up with the good results it can be a challenge for me to try to be top three in the super G and the downhill and also overall. I’m going to really try to give myself that challenge and pick up as many points as I can.and#8221;
Mancuso was 10th in Saturday’s downhill and sixth in the super combined on Friday. Cook was 24th in the downhill.
The women’s World Cup tour now moves to Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, for giant slalom and slalom races March 11 and 12 before concluding March 14-20 at the World Cup finals.
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