|CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 21) - |
Maria Riesch of Germany won the super G, which originally was scheduled last month as part of the Audi Aspen Winternational in Colorado but was relocated when a snowstorm forced juggling that race lineup. It was postponed again last Friday when another storm hit Cortina, the 1956 Olympic Winter Games village, and forced a pushback in the downhill training schedule.
Riesch's winning time was 1:25.73, just 0.04 seconds ahead of Austrian Elisabeth Goergl. Vonn's time was 1:25.94 with Mancuso also surviving a mistake that cost her in mid-run to finish in 1:26.19. Cook, who skied first on the 2.3K course, was clocked in 1:26.83 under a cloudy sky with temperatures in the low 40s.
"I thought I skied really well, a lot better than yesterday," Vonn said. She was fifth Sunday in the first of back-to-back super Gs.
"I had a huge mistake in the middle. It was really bumpy and I caught an edge and almost went out."
With Hosp not scoring any points, Vonn moved closer to the No. 1 ranking after 21 races. Hosp has 759 points to 733 for Vonn. Riesch moved past Mancuso into third with her win, giving her 713 while Mancuso is fourth at 579.
Vonn reached her first World Cup podium on Cortina's Olympia delle Tofane speed run in January 2004 and calls it one of her favorites hills. "It's just so beautiful here and the super G is really technical. There's so much terrain and you're always moving, always going. Both the downhill and the super G are very challenging," she said.
Coach Alex Hoedlmoser said the overcast sky meant the course didn't get as soft as Sunday's run. "Julia and Lindsey both skied very well. They both had a mistake in the middle, catching an edge, and Chip [White, another U.S. coach] told me Jules pulled off a very artistic save so she didn't go over. He said most other girls wouldn't have been able to do what she did," Hoedlmoser said. "Lindsey was only two-tenths away from the win, just a hundredth off the podium, even with catching her edge, so she was skiing very well."
He was pleased with Cook's result, calling it "another good step forward after being so disappointed in the downhill. It was good, solid skiing I was very impressed with both of her super Gs." She was 13th Sunday after finishing 27th in Saturday's DH.
The women's schedule takes them to Ofterschwang, Germany, next weekend for a giant slalom and slalom before returning to speed events. They face a downhill and another SG Feb. 2-3 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, which will be webstreamed live on WCSN.com each day.
2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA - Jan. 21, 2008
Women's Super G
(postponed from the Audi Aspen Winternational)
1. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:25.73
2. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 1:25.77
3. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:25.93
4. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:25.94
5. Britt Janyk, Canada, 1:26.14
6. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:26.19
14. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:26.83
38. Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 1:29.46
Leanne Smith, Conway, NH; Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, WA
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