positive. Stuff like that happens, so I have to just keep doing my best, trying to stay in there.”
Vonn held onto her lead in the overall standings with 522 points. German Viktoria Rebensburg stood
second with 286 points.
The rest of the star-spangled women didn’t fare any better. Sarah Schleper said she was tripping the
whole way down the first run and called it the worst feeling she had ever had on a course. She finished
more than five seconds behind the leader. Two weeks after her eighth-place finish in Aspen, 16-year-
old Mikaela Shiffrin looked comfortable but lost her balance midway down and was thrown off course.
Resi Stiegler hooked a gate near the bottom but stuck with it and hiked back to record a finish. Julia
Mancuso had come to Courchevel with ideas of another top GS result, but she caught a stomach bug,
pulled out of the slalom and caught a flight back home for the holidays. By the end of the first run, the
U.S. team’s day was done.
The Canadian women had one of their best days in recent memory, putting four women into the second run and led by Marie-Michele Gagnon, who had the eighth-fastest first run. Gagnon hooked a gate
in the second run but teammate Anna Goodman jumped from 20th in the first run to finish 11th. Erin
Mielzynski tied her World Cup career high in 13th, followed by teammate Elli Terwiel in 23rd. “It was so
close to being an incredible day,” said Canadian coach Hugues Ansermoz. “There were good results
but we could have had so much more. (Gagnon) was really going for the podium today.”
Anna Goodman led
four Canadian women
into the second run in
knows she’s fast
but not why.