In Cortina, Goergl wins another; Mancuso, Cook top 10


Julia Mancuso in Cortina (GEPA/Harald Steiner)

Julia Mancuso in Cortina (GEPA/Harald Steiner)

After the cancellation of two races and a training run in Cortina d’Ampezzo last weekend, the ladies were fired up Thursday to finally get some official results on the Olympia delle Tofane course, as they contested the first super G race Thursday (Jan. 23).

It was the first of four events in Cortina this week — two super G and two downhill — replacing the nixed races of last weekend and the originally scheduled competitions at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which lacks snow.

Elisabeth Goergl continued her hot streak. Coming off a recent dramatic win in Altenmarkt, the 32-year-old Austrian skied a nice, clean line where others had trouble, smoking the final stretch of the course for a winning pace of 1 minute, 24.23 seconds.

“What I am looking for everyday is the way to ski the best,” said Goergl. “That (is) the main focus and of course it is great when it pays off and you are the fastest. For now, I feel very comfortable on my equipment. I am very happy I can ski the way I want to and that I am healthy. I appreciate everyday.”

Maria Hoefl-Riesch, as she has most of the season, skied the cleanest, smoothest run. It was perhaps just one small line error in a critical middle section that cost her a touch of speed and the win. She finished second, just 0.04 seconds behind Goergl.

“It’s my first super G podium of the season and that’s great satisfaction,” said Hoefl-Riesch. “So far it hasn’t worked fine for me in super G. I was fast in some sections but always made big mistakes. Today I finally managed not to make any big mistake and I am really happy about this race.”

Hoefl-Riesch also discussed her overall view of the season thus far heading into the Winter Olympic Games.

“The season has been going well for me, not perfect but really good. Even in giant slalom, I got two fifth places. The consistency has been missing a little bit. With the Olympics getting closer, I hope I will have enough of this consistency and mental strength entering the races there.”

Rounding out the podium and continuing a hot streak of her own, Nicole Hosp, who’s coming off a nice slalom performance in Flachau, nailed the line up top to take third on the day.

After a slow start to the season, the American speed team is starting to find its groove. For the first time in a long time (Lake Louise to be exact), the U.S. was able to land two ladies in the top 10, with Julia Mancuso, fastest in Wednesday’s training, claiming seventh position and Stacey Cook not far behind in ninth.

“Super G is so hard starting in the back, so my first goal was to try to improve my start position. I made it in to the top-30 mix for this race because of some injuries, and I knew this was a great opportunity,” said Cook. “My plan was to trust everything, my skiing, my inspection, some adjustments from the coaches, and then to just attack. It was a fun run, and I’m thankful it was fast too. Every super G has gotten a step better this year, and I’m definitely motivated to keep that going. I’m loving this time here in Cortina!”

For Mancuso, some recent time off and further work on her equipment seems to have her peaking at just the right time in the season. Running seventh, she was more confident and more comfortable over the ski; she hit the line and charged through the finish. Likewise, Cook, running fourth, skied like she was hungry for a result, aggressive, making several athletic adjustments to stay on course.

“Things are going in the right direction and I know I have a lot more in me,” said Mancuso. “Training has been going really well and racing is getting better, so I’m getting there just in time for the Olympics.”

Unfortunately, the outcome wasn’t quite as positive for Leanne Smith, who was clean up top and in the hunt at the first two splits but wasn’t able to reach the third. She fought hard to stay in the course, but the errors began to multiply and she couldn’t hang on.

Laurenne Ross finished 37th, and Julia Ford jumped up from a start position of 52nd to finish just out of World Cup points in 32nd.

Racing in Cortina continues Friday with the first of two downhills, scheduled to begin at 4:15 a.m. ET (10:15 a.m. CET).

To view photos of this race click here.

The Scoop 

By Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup super G, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Jan. 23, 2014

Equipment - Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Goergl, Head/Head/Head

2 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head

3 Hosp, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

4 Weirather, Atomic/Tecnica/Atomic

5 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head

6 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic

7 Mancuso, Head/Head/Head

8 Stuffer, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

9 Cook, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

10 Kling, Head/Head/Head

Women’s World Cup super G, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Jan. 23, 2014. … It is the 20th of 32 races on the women’s 2014 World Cup schedule. … The fourth of seven scheduled super G’s.

It is the sixth career World Cup win for Elisabeth Goergl… her second in super G. … It is her second win of the season having claimed the Altenmarkt downhill Jan. 11. … It is her first win at Cortina, though she was second in super G in 2008 at the site.

It is the 79th career World Cup podium for Maria Hoefl-Riesch… her seventh of the season. … It is her 15th career World Cup SG podium… her first of the season. … It is her eighth World Cup podium at Cortina, her fifth in SG.

It is the 54th career World Cup podium for Nicole Hosp… her second of the season… after placing third at Beaver Creek in SG Nov. 30. … It is her seventh podium at Cortina, the first since 2008.

It is the best finish of the season for Julia Mancuso and her first venture into the top 10 of a World Cup race this season. … It is the best finish of the season for Stacey Cook, her previous best a ninth Dec. 7 at Lake Louise. … It is her 17th career top 10.

Hoefl-Riesch leads the women’s World Cup overall standings 861-754 over Anna Fenninger. … Tina Weirather (fourth in race) is third overall with 723pts. … Mikaela Shiffrin (did not race) is fifth overall with 614pts and Marie Michele Gagnon (did not race) is seventh with 453pts

Lara Gut (fourth in race) leads the super G standings 248-245 over Fenninger. … Weirather is third with 230pts. … Gagnon leads all North Americans in SG in 11th with 66pts. … Julia Mancuso is 14th with 63pts.

Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 3537-1889 over Switzerland. … Sweden is third with 1688pts. … U.S. is sixth with 1095pts and Canada ninth with 717pts.

 

Results — Ladies Super G, Jan. 23

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  9  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:24.23  0.00
 2  21  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER  1:24.27  +0.04  0.50
 3  11  55690 HOSP Nicole 1983 AUT  1:24.57  +0.34  4.24
 4  20  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:24.92  +0.69  8.60
 5  22  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  1:24.97  +0.74  9.22
 6  19  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  1:25.15  +0.92  11.47
 7  18  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:25.21  +0.98  12.22
 8  29  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:25.47  +1.24  15.46
 9  4  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:25.48  +1.25  15.58
 10  12  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:25.50  +1.27  15.83
 10  10  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:25.50  +1.27  15.83
 12  6  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA  1:25.55  +1.32  16.45
 13  5  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:25.58  +1.35  16.83
 14  16  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:25.63  +1.40  17.45
 15  15  55766 STERZ Regina 1985 AUT  1:25.74  +1.51  18.82
 16  14  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:25.78  +1.55  19.32
 17  25  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR  1:25.85  +1.62  20.19
 18  3  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica 1984 SWE  1:25.86  +1.63  20.32
 19  17  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:26.03  +1.80  22.44
 20  45  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:26.13  +1.90  23.69
 21  46  515782 KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne 1986 SUI  1:26.29  +2.06  25.68
 22  49  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  1:26.33  +2.10  26.18
 23  32  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:26.38  +2.15  26.80
 24  53  515806 JNGLIN-KAMER Nadja 1986 SUI  1:26.39  +2.16  26.93
 24  28  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie 1985 FRA  1:26.39  +2.16  26.93
 26  30  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:26.43  +2.20  27.42
 27  26  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:26.45  +2.22  27.67
 28  23  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi 1981 SUI  1:26.49  +2.26  28.17
 29  27  55913 MOSER Stefanie 1988 AUT  1:26.51  +2.28  28.42
 30  24  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina 1981 SPA  1:26.58  +2.35  29.29
 31  52  538855 FORD Julia 1990 USA  1:26.60  +2.37  29.54
 32  41  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:26.73  +2.50  31.16
 33  42  106849 YURKIW Larisa 1988 CAN  1:26.80  +2.57  32.04
 34  48  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:27.08  +2.85  35.53
 35  36  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:27.11  +2.88  35.90
 36  1  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:27.23  +3.00  37.40
 37  47  155563 KRIZOVA Klara 1989 CZE  1:27.30  +3.07  38.27
 38  54  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN  1:27.34  +3.11  38.77
 39  38  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 1988 CAN  1:27.48  +3.25  40.51
 39  34  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:27.48  +3.25  40.51
 41  51  197006 GAUTHIER Marine 1990 FRA  1:27.57  +3.34  41.64
 42  50  225206 ALCOTT Chemmy 1982 GBR  1:27.61  +3.38  42.13
 43  39  297195 HOFER Anna 1988 ITA  1:27.77  +3.54  44.13
 44  37  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:27.88  +3.65  45.50
 45  44  298694 PICHLER Karoline 1994 ITA  1:27.94  +3.71  46.25
 46  55  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  1:28.06  +3.83  47.74
 47  31  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:28.63  +4.40  54.85
 48  40  107312 ROTH Julia 1993 CAN  1:30.83  +6.60  82.27
Disqualified 1st run
 2  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie 1986 AUT
Did not start 1st run
 33  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 43  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA
 35  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA
 13  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI
 8  538305 SMITH Leanne 1987 USA
 7  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT
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