It was a productive weekend in Austria for Lake Tahoe skier Julia Mancuso. She had a second place finish on Saturday in the downhill and followed that up the next day with an eighth in the super-G race.
Mancuso’s more heralded U.S. teammate, Lindsey Vonn. was ill much of the week and it showed in her performance. In the downhill, Elisabeth Goergl of Austria snapped Vonn’s four-race winning streak. Vonn placed fourth in the downhill had an even worse day in the super-G, taking 18th.
Despite the poor showing, Vonn still has a commanding lead in the World Cup point standings. She has 704 points, followed by Austria’s Marlies Schild with 540. Mancuso is in seventh place with 327 points. No other American skier is in the top-20.
In the downhill, Mancuso was in first place until Goergl’s second and final run, the last starter from the top group. Goergl went down the 2.85-kilometer Kaernten-Franz Klammer course in 1 minute, 48.40 seconds. Mancuso placed second, 16 seconds behind, and Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was third.
It was Mancuso’s top downhill result since winning the final race of last season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. She also is the first American female skier to finish on the podium in Bad Kleinkirchheim since Cindy Nelson finished runner-up to Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell in 1978.
“It was really fun, especially the first half,” Mancuso told Associated Press. “I like it when it’s difficult and when you just have to go fast and go with your instinct. Sometimes it’s not the perfect run, but you can still win.”
A day later in the super-G, Mancuso was 1.01 off the lead, earning her second top-10 finish of the weekend. Suter won the super-G.
“That’s always good,” she said. “I think my skiing is better than that, but from third place on it’s really close.”
Mancuso said she had problems adapting to the changing conditions as warmer weather made for softer snow than the day before.
“I think I gave the course too much respect,” she said. “The snow is a lot softer … the bumps were not knocking out anyone. It’s just sometimes hard when you’re expecting a plan to change your plan halfway through your run. I guess I just overskied.”
The women’s World Cup travels to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy for a downhill and a super-G this weekend.
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