Julia Mancuso wins her 13th U.S. Championship

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 2, 2011 12:52 pm

Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso took charge again Saturday to win the super G at the 2011 Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships in sunny Winter Park. It was the record 13th U.S. title of Mancuso’s career, third in super G and second in two days after winning the giant slalom on Friday. “It was technical – definitely more gates and shorter distance than a normal super G. But the snow set up better than it did yesterday for the GS, so it ran smooth.”

“It’s just fun to come out and race with everyone. Of course today is better – it’s nice to race in the spring weather. It’s a beautiful day so it’s one of the moments where you are really thankful for your job.”

“That’s my last speed race of the season. I’m going to back to Squaw Valley to get some freeskiing in then head to Hawaii for a break.”

Photo: US Ski Team/smugmug

“No matter what type of race it is I really love coming to Nationals. I think today was a tough day because the other girls are skiing so fast. We have a really good super G team now, so it was really cool to be close to them.”

Leanne Smith finished in second place.  “It’s a little shorter hill than what we’re used to, but we’re all good enough skiers that we can adapt to anything. I think it’s important for us to ski different courses. The conditions are great it’s a beautiful day, so it couldn’t be any better.”

“It’s fun to be here. You get to see a lot people you haven’t seen all season. It’s a breath of fresh air and spring time is coming. The ski season ending and you see old coaches and friends. You sit outside after and watch the guys.”

“Julia is catchable, but she’s an incredible skier. We all know that. It’s fun for me to run behind her today. It fires me up a little bit more. She got me today and I can understand why. She’s incredible.”

Mammoth Mountain local Stacey Cook took third for her second podium of the weekend. “The hill isn’t as technical but the way they set the course was, you had to think. And that’s the way they set on the World Cup. You have to think and you have to put that thinking into action on the first run. You don’t get any training runs. That’s why I think super G is so tough. Any super G is going to be tough.”

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard club’s Katie Ryan finished ninth overall, yet took top junior honors as the technical course forced 18 racers off course. “It was a little crazy, but really a tighter set then what we’re used to for Winter Park and more terrain. Other than course reports, you have to find the snow that’s sturdy and sync your apex above the gate and go for it.”

“It’s really cool. I’ve looked up to girls like Julia and Stacey for a long time. Running 15th you can kind of follow their line and just hope to stay in their track . It’s cool – looking up to your heroes.”

The Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships conclude Sunday with men’s and women’s slalom.

1. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:13.34
2. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:13.54
3. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:13.69
1. Katie Ryan, Aspen, CO, 1:17.56
2. Libby Gibson, Bondville, VT, 1:18.80
3. Taylor Rapley, New Zealand, 1:19.29
For complete results: http://live-timing.com/races.php

Men’s and Women’s slalom
9:30 a.m. MT Women’s first run
11:00 a.m. MT Men’s first run
12:30 p.m. MT Women’s second run
2:00 p.m. MT Men’s second run