World Cup skiing: Tahoe’s Julia Mancuso 6th in Val d’Isere super G
VAL D’ISERE, France — Squaw Valley skier Julia Mancuso capped the women’s World Cup speed weekend in Val d’Isere, France, with a sixth-place finish in the super G on Sunday.
Soft snow continued to be an issue over the weekend — ironically. after so little had fallen in the weeks leading into the races. Mancuso continued to ski consistently and was pleased with her finish.
“I decided to go with my instinct,” she said. “It was a step in the right direction. I’m happy with my finish and I know where I can make up that half second.”
Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl took the win, while Lindsey Vonn saw her hopes of matching the all-time win record dashed when she crashed near the top of the course. Vonn, who won Saturday’s downhill, walked away relatively unscathed.
“I skied pretty well on the top section, but I hit some softer snow and lost a little elevation and couldn’t make the gate,” Vonn said. “I’m still happy with today. I skied well and aggressively. The most important thing is my knees are good. I love being on the World Cup again and pushing myself every day. Today wasn’t as good as yesterday, but I’m skiing well.”
A total of four Americans cracked into the points with top-30 finishes. Laurenne Ross placed 13th, Truckee’s Stacey Cook was 22nd and Jackie Wiles 30th.
Vonn wins again in Val d’isere downhill
On Saturday, Vonn positioned herself on the doorstep of history Saturday by winning her 61st career World Cup with a .19 second victory in the Val d’Isere downhill.
Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg and Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl tied for second, while Mancuso finished 15th and Alice McKennis was 18th.
Rebensburg, coming down later, was the only one to challenge Vonn and settled for the second-place tie.
It was only Vonn’s fourth race back since a series of knee surgeries. She’s won two of the three downhills she’s skied.