World Cup Alpine skiing | Stacey Cook credits Mammoth powder for second-best career finish
ARE, Sweden and#8212; Stacey Cook of Truckee recorded the second-best World Cup result of her career on Saturday, as she finished fifth in the Are, Sweden, downhill won by American teammate Lindsey Vonn.
Squaw Valley skier Julia Mancuso, who was 11th in the downhill, continued her successful season with a third-place finish behind German points leader Maria Riesch and Vonn in the super G on Sunday.
In the downhill, Cook earned fifth place after putting down an impressive run (1:41.99) in the No. 3 bib, taking the early lead and holding through the next eight racers until the top-ranked women were ushered in by Slovenian Tina Maze.
Cookand#8217;s top career result was a fourth place at Lake Louise in 2006. She credited some recent powder skiing at Mammoth Mountain, her home resort since moving from Truckee.
and#8220;Last week I got to go home and free ski some powder in Mammoth, so I came back with just a really good feeling and really loving skiing,and#8221; said Cook, who had never been on the track before. and#8220;I just had a really positive attitude and tried to keep that freeskiing mentality that I had going in Mammoth here in Sweden.and#8221;
Americans Leanne Smith and Laurenne Ross also scored World Cup points in 18 and 25th, respectively.
and#8220;It was really fun to see Stacey ski the training runs well. She was really fast and today she figured out how to put it down on race day,and#8221; said U.S. womenand#8217;s head coach Alex Hoedlmoser.
The front-runners couldnand#8217;t have finished any closer on the Are, Sweden, super G track on Saturday.
Riesch secured her sixth World Cup victory of the season just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Vonn, her friend and chief rival in the overall standings. Riesch now leads by 196 points, 1,516 to 1,320. Vonn holds a 131-point lead over Riesch in the super G standings.
Mancuso, the recently minted super G World Championship silver medalist, was 0.79 seconds back in third place for her third World Cup podium of the season.
and#8220;It was tough light, but it was like that for everyone so it wasnand#8217;t a surprise,and#8221; Mancuso said. and#8220;I definitely made a couple of mistakes but this time it was on the right side of the hundredths, so I was lucky for that. Itand#8217;s always great to be on the podium. I missed it twice in Cortina (Italy), so itand#8217;s great to be on there.and#8221;
Cook finished 33rd.
The women now move to Tarvisio, Italy, for a super combined, downhill and super G from March 4-6. Nine races remain on the schedule.
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