Podium for Ross, Maze the win, McKennis helicoptered off in Garmisch


Before the start of the season, the U.S. women’s speed team, led by coach Chip White, set a goal to land every member of the team on the podium.

Mission accomplished.

Laurenne Ross, who was reluctantly passed up by the team for a downhill start at the World Championships in Schladming less than three weeks ago, became the sixth and final member of the best-in-the-world group to achieve the podium feat, finishing second to Tina Maze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Saturday. She’s the seventh American woman to finish on the podium if you include Shiffrin on the tech side and the fourth first-timer of the season. It’s the best result of her career.

Ross ran 26th on a day that clearly favored the second-half racers due to a course delay caused by Alice Mckennis’ crash and helicopter exit from the lower part of the race hill.

“I haven’t had the best downhill results over the last couple weeks, so I’ve been a little bit tentative with my skiing,” said Ross. “So today I knew I had to send it. I knew that if I didn’t give it everything I had I would regret it in the finish. So I just put it all on the line and skied it as fast as I could. It wasn’t perfect, but I was just trying to tuck everywhere I could and find every bit of speed.”

Back atop the podium with her Stockli air guitar in hand, Maze has done a lot this season. She has clinched the Overall title, her first globe of any kind. She’s now also surpassed Hermann Maier’s single-season point record of 2000. And she’s won across the board in several different disciplines.

Why not add a downhill win to her list of accomplishments?

In dominant fashion, Maze picked up her first DH victory of this historic season. The Slovenian ran on the better side of the significant delay, enjoying clear, sunny conditions, while those in the earlier part of the start list had to contend with a cloud layer roughly 30 seconds down the course.

McKennis was not among those with perfect visibility, and her run was shaping up to be something short of special with a late line that had her fighting toward the finish line, which was in sight at the time of her crash. McKennis hit the deck hard and she was very slow to get moving again.

“Alice McKennis suffered a fracture to her right tibial plateau as a result of a downhill crash Saturday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. She was evacuated by helicopter as part of FIS standard procedure and evaluated immediately at the hospital in Garmisch. She is stable and will undergo further evaluation to determine the next steps for treatment,” sadi Kyle Wilkens, USSA medical director.

The early time to beat was set by Regina Sterz of Austria, but it was a whole new ballgame after the delay, and the ladies charged one by one down the Kandahar course.

Leanne Smith was first to kick out of the gate after the delay. The Granite Stater charged a fast run, nearly a half-second up on then-leader Sterz, but appeared to make a tactical mistake in the final turns of the course. She missed a gate and went home empty-handed.

Despite a few turns through the crucial lower part of the course that were short of her best, Julia Mancuso sat in podium position for a brief period. She was ultimately pushed back to sixth after the strong performances to follow, including that of hometown favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who was second behind Maze until Ross knocked her back to third on the day.

American Stacey Cook was a half-second within the leading pace at one point, but lost time on the lower, technical part of the course. She finished ninth on the day.

Story by Geoff Mintz
Photos by GEPA

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup downhill, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, March 2, 2013
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
2 Ross, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head
4 Gut, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Moser, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
6 Mancuso, Head/Head/Head
7 Weirather, Atomic/Tecnica/Atomic
8 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
9 Cook, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Stuhec, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Women’s World Cup downhill, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, March 2, 2013
. … It is the 58th race of the World Cup season. … the 30th of 37 for women. … It is the seventh of eight scheduled women’s downhills. … It is the 97th Cup race hosted by Garmisch. … the 39th downhill.

It is the 20th career World Cup win for Tina Maze. … her second in downhill. … It is her second Cup win at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. … It is her tenth win of the season. … and her record 20th Cup podium and 23rd total podium (including Worlds) this season.

It is the first career World Cup podium placing for Laurenne Ross. … her previous best a fourth in super G at Tarviso March 6, 2011. … It is the 28th Cup podium for the US this season. …She is the ninth American to claim a podium this season.

It is the 71st career World Cup podium placing for Maria Hoefl-Riesch. … her fifth in her hometown. … It is her sixth podium of the season including World Championships.

It is the 11th top six finish of the season for Julia Mancuso. … the 16th career Cup top ten for Stacey Cook.

Tina Maze leads (and has won) the World Cup overall standings 2024-970 over Maria Hoefl-Riesch. … It is a record point total with seven races remaining. … Anna Fenninger (14th in race) is third overall with 784pts. … Julia Mancuso is fourth overall with 743, Lindsey Vonn fifth with 740pts and Mikaela Shiffrin eighth with 638pts. … Vonn (did not race) maintains the lead of the downhill standings with one race remaining by one point over Maze 340-339. … Hoefl-Riesch is third with 272pts. … Stacey Cook is fourth with 244pts, Mancuso ninth with 202pts and Alice McKennis 10th with 198pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 4136-3199 over the US. … Germany is third with 2312 and Canada ninth with 639pt. … The US leads the women’s DH standings 1330-873 over Switzerland.

Results
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER)
FIS World Cup
Ladies’ Downhill

Rank    Name Year Nation Total Time
 1 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:40.46
 2 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA   1:40.85
 3 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:40.96
 4 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:41.20
 5 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:41.26
 6 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:41.39
 7 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:41.45
 8 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:41.52
 9 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:41.53
 10 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO   1:41.69
 11 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:41.80
 12 FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA   1:41.97
 13 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:42.02
 14 KUENG Mirena  1988  SUI   1:42.25
 14 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:42.25
 16 STERZ Regina  1985  AUT   1:42.32
 17 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:42.35
 18 MIKLOS Edit  1988  HUN   1:42.43
 19 BORSOTTI Camilla  1988  ITA   1:42.55
 20 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:42.59
 21 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA   1:42.60
 22 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA   1:42.61
 23 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA   1:42.68
 24 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:42.91
 25 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole  1989  AUT   1:43.10
 26 GISIN Dominique  1985  SUI   1:43.15
 27 KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne  1986  SUI   1:43.34
 28 KRIZOVA Klara  1989  CZE   1:43.48
 28 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:43.48
 30 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:43.54
 31 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:43.59
 32 BRODNIK Vanja  1989  SLO   1:43.79
 33 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:43.83
 34 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   1:43.87
 35 GAUTHIER Marine  1990  FRA   1:44.10
 36 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   1:44.17
 37 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:44.30
 37 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA   1:44.30
 39 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE   1:44.35
 40 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA   1:44.42
Did not start 1st run
  ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT   
  KAMER Nadja  1986  SUI   
Did not finish 1st run
  DETTLING Andrea  1987  SUI   
  AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI   
  SMITH Leanne  1987  USA   
  MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA   

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