Riesch leads Mancuso in downhill training in Italy
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Maria Riesch of Germany led the opening training session for the World Cup downhill, followed by Olympic silver medalist Julia Mancuso of the United States.
Riesch finished in 1 minute, 41.67 seconds Wednesday down the twisty Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina, Italy. Riesch is looking to increase her lead in the overall World Cup standings.
Riesch holds a 196-point lead over American rival Lindsey Vonn. They will compete in two super-G’s and one downhill this weekend.
Vonn was fastest through the first checkpoint of her downhill training run. She then coasted the rest of the way and placed 29th, more than four seconds behind Riesch.