|MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 12) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was 13th and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) 20th Saturday in an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom. Austrian Elisabeth Goergl snapped Italian Denise Karbon's four-race winning streak in springlike conditions. WCSN.com will provide on-demand webstreaming.|
With temperatures in the mid-40s, Goergl had a two-run time of 2:38.49 with Italy's Manuela Moelgg runner-up in 2:38.98. Karbon, who had been unbeaten this season in GS until Saturday, finished third (2:40.21).
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Vonn had the third-fastest second run for a total time of 2:41.65. Mancuso's time was 2:42.89.
"There were some huge gaps in the times because of the conditions," Head Coach Patrick Riml said. "Only two girls from outside the first 30 starters made it into the second run. It was just a very difficult race, so crazy because of the weather. The snow was soft, the light was not good and it was so challenging. Lindsey was attacking on her second run and it's good to see her confidence growing in GS."
A warm front, which turned conditions upside down, rolled through the region during the night - as predicted, Riml said.
"Yesterday, the race course was so solid, even icy, and it got warm during the night - no rain, just warm, and everything softened. If the organizers hadn't done such a good job last week in preparing the course, we couldn't have held this race today," he said.
The women have a slalom Sunday and then head to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, for two super Gs and a downhill.
2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Maribor, SLO - Jan. 12, 2008
Women's Giant Slalom
1. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:38.49
2. Manuela Moelgg, Italy, 2:38.98
3. Denise Karbon, Italy, 2:40.21
4. Kathrin Hoelzl, Germany, 2:40.69
5. Tanja Poutiainen, Finland, 2:40.74
13. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:41.65
20. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 2:42.89
Did not qualify for 2nd run
Jessica Kelley, Starksboro, VT; Megan McJames, Park City, UT; Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, WA; Lauren Ross, Stowe, VT
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