Mancuso notches first win of the season in Garmisch Super G, Vonn skis out


Julia MancusoAmerican Julia Mancuso isn’t settling for just podiums this season, she is after wins. And she knows she can do it.

It’s that confidence that fueled the Squaw Valley, Calif. native today (Feb. 5) as she earned her first World Cup victory of the season and the sixth of her career in today’s super G race to cap an American sweep of this weekend’s wins in cold Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Mancuso, the 17th racer to take on the challenging, 38-turn Kandahar course, was the first skier in 15 starters to finish with a green leading time after skiing a brilliant run and taking a 0.45-second temporary lead on Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather – the first woman out of the gate today. Two starters later, Austria’s Anna Fenninger was the only racer to truly threaten Mancuso’s time, 0.13 seconds back to finish second. Weirather would hang on to finish third and match her result in yesterday’s downhill here.

It was Mancuso’s first World Cup win since the final downhill of last season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland and her fourth podium of this season. Before last season’s win, Mancuso had gone three year’s without a victory.

“At this point in my career, I really want to win. I go into every race with that attitude and I knew that today – just like the other super G’s – you have to put it all on the line,” said Mancuso. “You can’t hold back at all if you want to win a super G. When I crossed the finish line, I thought, ‘if that wasn’t good enough, then I don’t know what is.”

Mancuso, a three-time Olympic medalist, won her fourth world championships medal – a silver in the super G – on the same hill last season.

Mancuso said the flat lighting conditions made the race difficult or all racers, a situation she thrives in.

“It was very difficult, I really couldn’t see much, but that was what you had to do – you had to go for it. I knew that I kept my speed the whole way despite a couple of mistakes,” said Mancuso. “I stayed in there, it was a rough ride, but I managed to make it to the finish.”

It was a beautiful but bitter cold day in the Bavarian Alps. The sun shined bright in patches of the course while temperatures hung around -4 F and winds were calm throughout the race.

Anna FenningerA total of 14 racers failed to finish the 1.2-mile tricky course set by French coach Nicolas Burtin. Five of the first seven racers missed the same gate near the middle of the course before coaches were able to radio up and stop the bleeding. The most notable DNF of the day came from overall leader, American Lindsey Vonn, winner three of five World Cup super G races this season.

Vonn was thrown an extra curve ball at the start when course officials delayed her about five minutes to repair a gate after she had taken off her outer layer in the freezing start house. Vonn attempted to stay loose and warm during delay by slapping her legs unbuckling her boots. Once finally on the course, she was in trouble early on, throwing her skis sideways near the top of the hill. Vonn then misjudged a tight, right-hand turn, cutting it a bit to close and throwing herself off line, and missing the next gate. Just yesterday, Vonn recorded the 50th World Cup win of her career in the downhill.

Two starters later, overall threat Tina Maze of Slovenia also failed to finish. 

Vonn maintains clear control of the overall rankings with 1350 points, holding a 482-point advantage on Maze in second.

Vonn said she was not sad or disappointed in the outcome of today’s race, instead she takes momentum from this weekend. “I’m third in the giant slalom World Cup and I’ve never been in that position before,” said Vonn. “I’m going [to Soldeu] to win. The giant slalom World Cup title is definitely a goal.”

Fenninger, who had a breakout performance here last season winning the super combined world title, secured her fifth podium of the season a month after taking her first World Cup win in a GS at Lienz.

Weirather is also enjoying the best season of her career. Today’s result marks her fourth Cup top-three finish, all coming this season in speed events.

Defending overall champ and Garmisch local, Maria Hoefl-Riesch repeated her result in yesterday’s downhill, again falling just short (a tenth of a second) of the podium in fourth place, 0.55 seconds behind Mancuso.

Mancuso would be the only American woman to finish today. Laurenne Ross joined the lengthy DNF list after losing her balance on the Himmelreich jump near the top of the course and missing the following gate. Teammates Stacey Cook and Alice McKenis also failed to finish. Leanne Smith did not start following a fall in one of this week’s training runs.

“We wanted to win this thing and every single one of our athletes had that attitude. The plan was to go like hell and see what the outcome is,” said U.S. head coach Alex Hoedlmoser. “Lindsey was on a good track and maybe we could have had one and two, but she caught a little bit of an edge and couldn’t finish. And the other athletes were hammering too, but to win, you just need one in the finish.”

Marie-Pier Prefontaine led three Canadian starters in 16th followed by Larisa Yurkiw in 36th and Kelley VanderBeek in 38th.
 
The women’s World Cup now moves to Soldeau-Grandvalira, Andorra for a pair of giant slalom races and a slalom Feb. 10-12.

MORE TO COME

Image by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee
Women’s World Cup super G, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Feb. 5, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Mancuso, Voelkl/Lange/Marker
2 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head
3 Weirather, Atomic/Tecnica/Atomic
4 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head
5 Curtoni, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Marchand-Arvier, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Goergl, Head/Head/Head
8 Schnarf, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
9 Moser, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
9 Merighetti, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Women’s World Cup super G, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Feb. 5, 2012. … It is the 23rd race of the women’s 40 (now 39) race 2012 schedule. … the fifth of seven super G’s. … It is the 93rd World Cup held at least in part at Garmisch or Partenkirchen. … the 25th super G. … Garmisch also World Championships last season and in 1978 and the 1936 Winter Olympics.

It is the sixth career World Cup win for Julia Mancuso. … Her second in super G, the last scored Jan. 19, 2007 at Cortina. … It is her first Cup win at Garmisch. … She won the silver medal in SG at Garmisch a year ago. … It is her first win and fourth podium of the season. … She is the fourth US skier to claim a win this season. … It is the 13th US win of the season.

It is the eighth career World cup podium placing for Anna Fenninger. … and sixth in super G. … It is her fifth podium of the season and fourth in SG (also won the GS at Lienz). … It is her second best result at Garmisch having won the gold medal in combined at World Championships last season.

It is the fourth career World Cup podium (without a win) for Tina Weirather and the first not earned in downhill. … All of those podium placings have come this season. … It is her second third at Garmisch in two days.

North Americans: It is the second best career result for Marie-Pier Prefontaine. … All of her other five scoring results have come in GS. … It is her second score of the season
, the other from Aspen Nov. 26.

Standings: Lindsey Vonn (DNF) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 1350-868 over Tina Maze (DNF). … Maria Hoefl-Riesch (fourth in race) is third with 796pts. … Mancuso in sixth with 607pts. … Marie-Michele Gagnon is top Canadian overall with 136pts. … Vonn maintains the lead of the super G standings 313-293 over Fenninger. … Mancuso moves to third with 269pts. … Prefontaine is top Canadian in 38th with 15pts. … Austria leads the womens’ Nations Cup standings 3758-2528 over the US with Italy third at 1826pts. … Canada is 11th with 269pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:20.50  0.00
 2  19  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:20.63  1.71
 3  1  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:20.95  5.93
 4  18  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:21.05  7.24
 5  7  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:21.29  10.40
 6  30  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:21.30  10.53
 7  16  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:21.33  10.93
 8  15  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:21.47  12.77
 9  34  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:21.57  14.09
 9  24  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:21.57  14.09
 11  9  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:21.62  14.75
 12  11  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT   1:21.69  15.67
 13  21  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:21.77  16.72
 14  14  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:21.84  17.64
 15  29  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA   1:21.86  17.91
 16  37  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN   1:22.03  20.15
 17  26  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:22.07  20.67
 18  13  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:22.18  22.12
 19  8  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI   1:22.27  23.31
 20  5  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:22.32  23.97
 21  23  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT   1:22.35  24.36
 22  43  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA   1:22.41  25.15
 23  36  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA   1:22.44  25.55
 24  41  297134 BORSOTTI Camilla  1988  ITA   1:22.73  29.36
 25  42  515806 KAMER Nadja  1986  SUI   1:22.76  29.76
 26  12  515560 SCHILD Martina  1981  SUI   1:22.81  30.42
 27  25  296431 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:22.82  30.55
 28  52  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:23.02  33.18
 29  45  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:23.07  33.84
 30  53  375018 COLETTI Alexandra  1983  MON   1:23.31  37.00
 31  40  298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA   1:23.33  37.26
 32  31  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   1:23.38  37.92
 33  38  196968 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA   1:23.44  38.71
 34  47  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole  1989  AUT   1:23.77  43.06
 35  49  196573 REVILLET Aurelie  1986  FRA   1:23.78  43.19
 36  35  106849 YURKIW Larisa  1988  CAN   1:23.96  45.56
 37  51  516145 KUENG Mirena  1988  SUI   1:24.41  51.49
 38  33  106402 VANDERBEEK Kelly  1983  CAN   1:24.87  57.54
Did not start 1st run
   32  295533 RECCHIA Lucia  1980  ITA     
   10  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA     
Did not finish 1st run
   54  245066 MIKLOS Edit  1988  HUN     
   50  55882 STAUDINGER Christina  1987  AUT     
   48  538685 MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA     
   46  197006 GAUTHIER Marine  1990  FRA     
   44  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA     
   39  565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO     
   28  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER     
   27  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA     
   22  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO     
   20  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA     
   6  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT     
   4  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE     
   3  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA     
   2  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR     

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