|OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (Jan. 26) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) had the fourth-fastest second run Saturday to produce her best World Cup giant slalom result, finishing sixth. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was 11th while Italy's Denise Karbon, skiing with a broken hand, had the fastest second run and won in 2:22.26.|
"Lindsey won the bottom split and did a great job on that final run," Coach Chris Knight said. "She's been working it out. GS was her weakest event but she's been making steady progress. She stands in a little better position on her skis and gets more power out of [her stance] now."
Vonn's total time was 2:22.84 and Mancuso finished in 2:23.32. No other U.S. racer qualified for a second run.
Karbon, who won the season's first four giant slaloms, broke her hand Wednesday in training for the sixth GS. She was ninth on the first run behind World Cup overall leader Nicole Hosp of Austria. Hosp finished second in 2:22.34. After 22 races, Hosp leads with 839 points to 773 for Vonn with Germany's Maria Riesch third (713) and Mancuso fourth (703).
"Jules had a couple of mistakes on the top. Her timing was a little off and she was a little late with her pressure on her skis. She'll pick that up again with a little more training," Knight said.
Jessica Kelley (Starksboro, VT) just missed qualifying for a second run, finishing 32nd in the morning. "She's been so close so many times. She can ski at this level but maybe she shows a little too much respect for the hill," the coach said. "If she'd trust herself, she could be breaking into the top 30 regularly."
The women race slalom Sunday. Live interval timing will be available at 3:30 a.m. ET. WCSN.com will webcast same-day coverage at 11 a.m. ET.
2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Ofterschwang, GER - Jan. 26, 2008
Women's Giant Slalom
1. Denise Karbon, Italy, 2:22.26
2. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 2:22.34
3. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:22.35
4. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 2:22.48
5. Manuela Moelgg, Italy, 2:2254
6. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:22.84
11. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 2:23.32
Did not qualify for 2nd run:
Jessica Kelley, Starksboro, VT; Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA; Megan McJames, Park City, UT; Lauren Ross, Stowe, VT; Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, WA
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