Mancuso wins World Cup Super G
January 19, 2007
Aspen, CO Colorado
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) – American Julia Mancuso won a super-giant slalom Friday after a 3 1/2-hour rain delay, her second World Cup victory in a row.
It was the third win this season for Mancuso, the gold medalist in giant slalom at last year’s Turin Olympics. She won a super-combi last Sunday in Altenmarkt, Austria, a day after finishing third in a downhill there.
In fading light, Mancuso went down the Olympia delle Tofane course in 1 minute, 16.25 seconds.
Nicole Hosp of Austria was second, 0.33 seconds behind, and Renate Goetschl, who holds the record of nine wins in Cortina, was third, 0.34 back. Mancuso’s teammate, Lindsey Kildow, tied for fourth, 0.39 behind.
Kildow said she thought the race should have been canceled.
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“I can’t ski on slush,” she said. “I’m happy that Julia won.”
Two-time overall World Cup champion Anja Paerson finished sixth. Current overall World Cup leader Marlies Schild skied off the course midway through her run, but retained her lead in the overall standings.
Goetschl, who won the opening two super-G races this season, maintained her lead in the discipline standings. Goetschl has 260 points in the super G, followed by Hosp with 196, Kildow with 130 and Mancuso with 113.
“I’m not disappointed. I’m very happy with third place,” Goetschl said. “The conditions were very tough and it was hard to keep focused.”
Skiers waited through four delays before the rain finally stopped and the race began.
“I didn’t think we were going to race but I was ready to ski, that’s for sure,” Mancuso said. “I just really felt comfortable on my skis. Everything was working for me.”
Mancuso posted her first World Cup victory in a downhill in Val d’Isere on Dec. 19.
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