World Cup Alpine racing: Vonn tears up Lake Louise downhill; Mancuso, Cook post top-15 finishes
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta and#8212; Talk about a comfort zone. Free of Friday’s flurries, the field still was no match for Lindsey Vonn on Saturday, when the American great coolly captured her fifth consecutive Audi FIS World Cup downhill victory and#8212; and second in two days and#8212; at Lake Louise.
and#8220;It’s quite exciting for me,and#8221; said Vonn, who posted a winning time of 1:50.06. and#8220;I did win two events in a row a few years ago at St. Anton where I won the downhill first and then the super-combined, but this is my first double-downhill victory here,and#8221; Vonn said.
Vonn bolstered her bid for a third straight downhill crystal globe, tucking hard early from a higher start gate only to fall behind the split of then-leader Maria Riesch at the midway point. Riesch finished second with a time of 1:50.41.
and#8220;The conditions were great as the course was well groomed yesterday after the race, so it was very smooth,and#8221; said Vonn, who narrowly missed another victory in Sunday’s super G, finishing runner-up just .03 seconds behind first place. and#8220;I knew I had to give what I had in me to win again. It was not easy at all as I already achieved quite a strong race (Friday). In fact, I didn’t ski as ag-gressively in the upper part where I had my problems yesterday but I was very determined in the final part.and#8221;
Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley USA recorded a pair of top-15 finishes in the back-to-back downhills, finishing 12th on Saturday (1:51.80) and 10th on Friday (1:27.78), while Truckee native Stacey Cook also posted quality results, racing to 11th place on Saturday (1:51.71) and 23rd on Friday (1:28.33).
On Saturday, Mancuso set a fast early pace and held the lead temporarily until Cook, who skis out of Mammoth, jumped in front of her by .09 seconds on the next run. They remained 1-2 through the first seven races, eventually falling to 11th and 12th when teammate Alice McKennis later surpassed them en route to a 10th-place finish.
Mancuso and Cook were 41st and 42nd, respectively, in Sunday’s super G.
The U.S. team, which had five skiers in the top 30 on Friday, bettered that feat in the second DH with four racers among the top 12 and six in the points. It was the first time since 1991 in Vail the U.S. had four of the top 12 skiers in a World Cup downhill event.
UP NEXT: The women travel for slalom and giant slalom World Cup races in Are, Switzerland, on Dec. 12-13.
Lake Louise, Women’s downhill, Dec. 5
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, Colo., 1:50.06
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:50.41
3. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:50.76
4. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:51.17
5. Dominique Gisin, Switzerland, 1:51.29
10. Alice McKennis, Glenwood Springs, Colo., 1:51.70
11. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, Calif., 1:51.71
12. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:51.80
23. Leanne Smith, Conway, N.H., 1:52.26
25. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsville, Vt., 1:52.44
34. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, Ore., 1:52.96
DNF and#8211; Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, Mont.
Lake Louise, Women’s downhill, Dec. 4
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, Colo., 1:26.13
2. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:26.65
3. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:26.93
4. Britt Janyk, Canada, 1:27.22
5. Maria Holaus, Austria, 1:27.44
10. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:27.78
18. Alice McKennis, Glenwood Springs, Colo., 1:28:03
23. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, Calif., 1:28.33
26. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsville, Vt., 1:28.41
32. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, Mont., 1:28.67
33. Leanne Smith, Conway, N.H., 1:28.68
56. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, Ore., 1:29.73