Mancuso fastest in Cortina training run, Cook sixth


Julia Mancuso in Cortina (GEPA/Harald Steiner)

Julia Mancuso in Cortina (GEPA/Harald Steiner)

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – As forecast, the weather was simply amazing Wednesday (Jan. 22) in the Dolomites. Cold overnight temperatures allowed the 55 racers to train on a perfect Olimpia Delle Tofane piste. After finishing eighth in the only downhill training run last week, American Julia Mancuso proved she is getting stronger as the Olympics draw near. The Californian clocked the best time of the training run in 1:38.87. Not far behind was Italy’s Johanna Schnarf, just 0.06 of a second off the pace, while the winner of last week’s training, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, took third at 0.29 seconds adrift.

With a 12th-place finish in the St.Moritz giant slalom as her season best thus far, Mancuso has had an unusual winter, but seems now to possibly be back on track.

“It was a great run, so I hope to take it into the race,” said the 29-year-old. “My run wasn’t perfect everywhere, but I was really going for it. My confidence it definitely getting better and better. Even though we have had canceled races, I have been spending a lot of time on my boots skiing. That’s the most important for me to feel really comfortable and confident on my equipment. I’ve just been able to free ski around. I’ve put in the hours I needed, so it feels good.”

Mancuso’s teammate Stacey Cook, who has also struggled to find her form this season, finished a promising sixth.

Current leader in the downhill standings, Maria Hoefl-Riesch has already won two downhills this World Cup season and could equal her personal best from the 2010/11 season on Friday (Jan. 24) in the first of the two downhill races scheduled this week.

Action kicks off tomorrow with the first super G race of the week starting at 10:15 CET.

Release courtesy of FIS

 

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff.
 1  13  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:38.87
 2  4  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:38.93  +0.06
 3  14  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER  1:39.16  +0.29
 4  25  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR  1:39.17  +0.30
 5  20  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:39.20  +0.33
 6  11  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:39.54  +0.67
 7  30  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA  1:39.59  +0.72
 8  1  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:39.69  +0.82
 9  9  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina 1981 SPA  1:39.79  +0.92
 10  5  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:39.80  +0.93
 11  17  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  1:39.84  +0.97
 12  41  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:39.89  +1.02
 13  10  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:39.95  +1.08
 14  18  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  1:40.00  +1.13
 15  31  55690 HOSP Nicole 1983 AUT  1:40.05  +1.18
 16  21  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:40.15  +1.28
 17  16  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:40.20  +1.33
 18  19  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:40.36  +1.49
 19  22  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:40.39  +1.52
 20  3  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:40.52  +1.65
 21  8  55913 MOSER Stefanie 1988 AUT  1:40.55  +1.68
 22  6  55766 STERZ Regina 1985 AUT  1:40.58  +1.71
 23  27  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT  1:40.59  +1.72
 24  28  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi 1981 SUI  1:40.72  +1.85
 25  29  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:40.74  +1.87
 26  35  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:40.93  +2.06
 27  46  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN  1:40.95  +2.08
 28  34  155563 KRIZOVA Klara 1989 CZE  1:41.12  +2.25
 28  23  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:41.12  +2.25
 30  7  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:41.13  +2.26
 31  12  515806 JNGLIN-KAMER Nadja 1986 SUI  1:41.21  +2.34
 32  2  538305 SMITH Leanne 1987 USA  1:41.23  +2.36
 33  24  106849 YURKIW Larisa 1988 CAN  1:41.32  +2.45
 34  39  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:41.49  +2.62
 35  40  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:41.58  +2.71
 36  32  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:41.60  +2.73
 37  47  197006 GAUTHIER Marine 1990 FRA  1:41.74  +2.87
 38  38  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  1:41.79  +2.92
 39  15  515782 KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne 1986 SUI  1:41.86  +2.99
 40  51  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  1:41.87  +3.00
 41  42  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:41.91  +3.04
 42  48  538855 FORD Julia 1990 USA  1:41.94  +3.07
 43  37  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:42.04  +3.17
 44  49  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie 1986 AUT  1:42.47  +3.60
 45  45  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:42.68  +3.81
 46  36  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:42.76  +3.89
 47  43  298694 PICHLER Karoline 1994 ITA  1:42.86  +3.99
 48  53  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica 1984 SWE  1:43.04  +4.17
 49  52  225206 ALCOTT Chemmy 1982 GBR  1:43.09  +4.22
 50  33  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:43.50  +4.63
 51  54  107312 ROTH Julia 1993 CAN  1:44.14  +5.27
 52  44  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:44.42  +5.55
 53  55  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 1988 CAN  1:44.66  +5.79
 54  50  297195 HOFER Anna 1988 ITA  1:45.97  +7.10
Did not finish 1st run
 26  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie 1985 FRA

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