Mancuso 6th, Cook 14th in super G
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy ” American Lindsey Vonn out-rode a mid-race bobble to finish fourth Monday in a twice-postponed World Cup super G, tightening the top of the women’s overall standings.
Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley was sixth and Truckee’s Stacey Cook 14th in a race in which 14 skiers failed to finish, including World Cup leader Nicole Hosp of Austria.
Maria Riesch of Germany won the super G, which originally was scheduled last month as part of the Audi Aspen Winternational in Colorado but was relocated when a snowstorm forced juggling that race lineup. It was postponed again this past Friday when another storm hit Cortina, the 1956 Olympic Winter Games village, and forced a pushback in the downhill training schedule.
Riesch’s winning time was 1:25.73, just 0.04 seconds ahead of Austrian Elisabeth Goergl. Vonn’s time was 1:25.94, with Mancuso also surviving a mistake that cost her in mid-run to finish in 1:26.19. Cook, who skied first on the 2.3K course, was clocked in 1:26.83 under a cloudy sky with temperatures in the low 40s.
“I thought I skied really well, a lot better than yesterday,” Vonn said, referring to her fifth place Sunday in the first of back-to-back super Gs. “I had a huge mistake in the middle. It was really bumpy and I caught an edge and almost went out.”
With Hosp not scoring any points, Vonn moved closer to the No. 1 ranking after 21 races. Hosp has 759 points to 733 for Vonn. Riesch moved past Mancuso into third with her win, giving her 713 while Mancuso is fourth at 579.
Coach Alex Hoedlmoser said the overcast sky meant the course didn’t get as soft as it did for Sunday’s run.
“Julia and Lindsey both skied very well. They both had a mistake in the middle, catching an edge, and Chip [White, another U.S. coach] told me Jules pulled off a very artistic save so she didn’t go over,” Hoedlmoser said. “He said most other girls wouldn’t have been able to do what she did. Lindsey was only two-tenths away from the win, just a hundredth off the podium, even with catching her edge, so she was skiing very well.”
He was also pleased with Cook’s result, calling it “another good step forward after being so disappointed in the downhill. It was good, solid skiing. I was very impressed with both of her super Gs.” Cook was 13th Sunday after finishing 27th in Saturday’s DH.
The women head to Ofterschwang, Germany, next weekend for a giant slalom and slalom before returning to speed events. They face a downhill and another SG Feb. 2-3 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
1. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:25.73
2. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 1:25.77
3. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:25.93
4. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:25.94
5. Britt Janyk, Canada, 1:26.14
38. Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 1:29.46
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