Italy’s Putzer wins World Cup Super G |

Italy’s Putzer wins World Cup Super G

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Jonna Mendes had a big World Cup weekend at one of her favorite venues, placing in the top 10 twice.

Mendes was ninth in Sunday’s super-G, ninth in her first downhill of the season Friday and 19th in the second downhill Saturday.

Kirsten Clark of Raymond, Maine, bagged ran her streak of top-5 finishes to four with three team-leading performances over the weekend. She was third in Friday’s downhill, just ahead of former Truckee resident Caroline Lalive.

“The girls were charging. They came out full-gas,” said U.S. women’s DH/SG Head Coach Jim Tracy. “Clarky skied so well across the top and through the middle. She didn’t have any big mistakes.”

“They skied really well, even the young ones who are getting some good experience. Caroline was really good, too, although she got a little too aggressive in a couple of turns and couldn’t hold her tuckEbut they were going for it, which we want them to keep doing.”

Julia Mancuso of Tahoe City was consistent throughout the weekend, finishing 21st in both downhill and 20th in super-G.

Mendes is tied for 20th in the overall World Cup standings.

Italy’s Karen Putzer won Sunday’s super giant slalom, capturing an event in which she won a bronze medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Germany’s Martina Ertl was second at 1:10.97 and France’s Carole Montillet, the winner of Saturday’s downhill, was third in 1:11.13.

The women return to Europe for races starting Thursday in Val d’Isere, France, with a GS and then a super G.

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