Mancuso adds to her world medal collection
March 7, 2003
PUY ST. VINCENT, France — North Shore’s Julia Mancuso made it two medals in 24 hours Wednesday as she won the super-G at the World Junior Championships.
Mancuso, who was a downhill bronze medal Tuesday and a triple gold medalist at World Juniors a year ago, won in 1 minute, 20.02 seconds with Canadian Brigitte Acton the silver medalist at 1:20.78.
“They set the downhill course for (Tuesday’s) race and when we went to set the super-G course, the organizers didn’t want to groom because they were afraid of opening it up,” said U.S. women’s Coach Trevor Wagner. “The athletes were in and out of downhill tracks and you had some hard turns and soft turns; you really had to be balanced.
“It was a time where experience paid off and Julia’s been having fun. She’s relaxed and she attacked all the way. She attacks everything.”
Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole, Wyo., was seventh in 1:21.40.
“I’ve had a couple of Europeans comment on ‘Nice Nor Am race’ because of all the Canadian and American medals,” Wagner said with a laugh. “It’s been a fun two days with the women.
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In the men’s super-G in Serre Chevalier, Canadian Francois Bourque won with Jeremy Transue of Hunter, N.Y., in 14th place.
“Conditions were pretty difficult today. The snow conditions weren’t prepared too well. It was soft on the top and hard in the middle, and a lot of the girls had problems making the adjustment from soft to the hard snow, and went out,” Wagner said.
In the men’s super-G, Bourque won in 1:17.10 with Russian Sergei Komaroc silver medalist for the second race in a row. Transue, who was 11th Tuesday in the downhill, was 14th in 1:18.34 and Evan Weiss of Seattle finished 30th.
“Today didn’t go well for us at all,” said men’s coach Todd Travis. “Jeremy skied well for both days.”
Swiss racer Tamara Wolf was the downhill gold medalist on Tuesday with American Lindsey Kildow runner-up. Stacey Cook of Truckee finished 18th.
After an off day Thursday, the men race giant slalom Friday and slalom Saturday. The women run slalom Friday and GS on Saturday.
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