Cup race last month in the Cortina downhill after a nine-year skid without a
“I was in the leader box and Lindsey came down and was six-tenths behind
me in the last intermediate,” Weirather told Fisalpine.com. “I was really hoping I could beat her today but again she was faster. Again, it’s tight and I hope
that someday I can beat her. It has also to do with luck today. I could be sad
about second place but I could also be fourth with three-hundredths slower,
so I’m happy.”
Slovenian Tina Maze was 0.26 seconds behind the podium in fourth place.
American Julia Mancuso, winner of the last super G in Garmisch, lost some
speed in the middle of the course but hung on to finish eighth and secure a
third-place ranking heading into World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria.
Fellow Americans Leanne Smith and Laurenne Ross finished 18th and 24th,
respectively. Smith will join teammates Vonn and Mancuso in the finals super
G race ranked 19th (only the top 25 ranked women in each discipline are eligible). Ross just missed the cut standing in 28th.
The U.S. women’s speed team left Bulgaria for a two-week break back
home. The canceled downhill pinched off the standings, sending six American women to the Finals. Vonn leads the way in first, followed by Mancuso in
sixth, Stacey Cook in eighth, Ross in 22nd Alice McKennis in 24th and Smith
“Even without [Saturday’s] race, we got everybody in the World Cup Finals;
that is pretty cool,” said U.S. head coach Alex Hoedlmoser. “Having the whole
team there, six of them, that is pretty sweet and a huge testament to the hard
work of the athletes and our coaches.”
The U.S. women’s speed team, the top ranked squad in
the world, holds a mid-course conference on the Marc
Girardelli downhill track in Bansko.
Strong winds canceled the