Julia Mancuso captures third national GS title of career
March 30, 2009
ALYESKA, Alaska – Olympic giant slalom champion Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley earned the third national GS title of her career, striking gold on the final day of women’s competition at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.
Megan McJames of Park City, Utah, and Keely Kelleher of Big Sky, Mont., earned their first U.S. champs podiums finishing second and third respectively as Julia Ford of Plymouth, N.H., was the top junior for the second day in a row.
Mancuso, who arrived early Saturday morning on a red eye flight from Maui, Hawaii, was hampered with the flu before landing in Alaska, yet also captured the combined title by skiing to second in the downhill and third in slalom.
Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., was leading the race after the first run, but fell on the lower portion of the course during her second run suffering a concussion. According to U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Medical Director Richard Quincy, she was taken off the hill by sled to follow proper medical protocol and is doing fine.
Action from the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships continues Tuesday with men’s giant slalom.