Cook, Ganong speedy in Lake Louise, Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK Colo. — In women’s World Cup racing at Beaver Creek, Colo., this past weekend, veteran racer Stacey Cook of Truckee earned the top spot for the U.S. Ski Team in Friday’s downhill, finishing 19th on a course that has been heralded by the entire Aud FIS Alpine World Cup field.
Cook finished 2.23 seconds behind Lara Gut of Switzerland, who put down a smooth and aggressive line early in the race to take the victory.
Three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley finished 20th, Laurenne Ross was 22nd and rookie Jacqueline Wiles was 44th in her first World Cup race. Leanne Smith had a podium run going before hooking an edge above the finish jump and pulling off course.
Gut followed up her Friday win with another victory in the super G on Saturday. Smith finished 23rd to lead the U.S. Ski Team, while Cook was 28th and Mancuso 29th.
Rising U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin capped the weekend by earning her first career World Cup podium in the giant slalom, as she finished runner-up to Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden.
After laying down an inspired first run for the roaring hometown crowd, Shiffrin produced a fluid final run that nearly snatched the win away from Lindell-Vikarby. Shiffrin’s previous best GS result was a sixth in Soelden, Austria, to open this season.
Mancuso made the top 30, advancing to the run final in 28th, but she missed a gate and did not finish her second run.
Ganong leads U.S. in super G
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Despite a day of flat light and a late start number, Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley powered through light snow to finish 22nd at the World Cup super G opener Sunday.
Two-time World Cup overall champion Bode Miller finished right behind Ganong in 23rd, while Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal reeled in the victory.
Four-time World Cup giant slalom champion and reigning super G World Champ Ted Ligety was knocked off course in the difficult visibility and did not finish.
On Saturday, Miller posted the top U.S. Ski Team result in the men’s downhill opener, placing 16th, while Italian Dominik Paris carved up the icy and bumpy course to take the victory.
Steven Nyman also earned World Cup points with a 19th-place finish, as did Ganong in 24th and Erik Fisher in 26th.