Vonn, Mancuso lead downhill training
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – American teammates Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley placed 1-2 in the final training session Thursday for the prestigious World Cup downhill in Cortina.
Elisabeth Goergl of Austria third, making the top three results exactly the same as the downhill at last year’s Vancouver Olympics. Vonn finished a distant 1.37 seconds in front of Mancuso, with Goergl another 1.68 seconds back.
Vonn has eight career podium finishes in Cortina, including three wins.
Maria Riesch of Germany, who has a 1,023-827 lead over Vonn in the overall standings, placed seventh after leading Wednesday’s opening training session.
Racing gets under way Friday with a super-G, followed by the downhill Saturday and another super-G on Sunday.