Julia Mancuso continues to be on fire in this season’s World Cup competition coming in second today at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim. Mancuso achieved her best down hill finish since winning the World Cup Finals last March where she also took second. There was no question that Julia was going for the number one spot today.
Macuso explains, “It was very difficult and I was hoping for the win, but you had to hold on and fight. It was set pretty straight at the bottom, so you can go really fast, but you pay for it if you can’t hold the line.”
Lindsey Vonn powered through a critical mistake near the starting gate and managed to seize fourth, only missing the podium by a short five hundredths of a seconds! Vonn has been suffering from a stomach bug that is clearly taking its toll on the usually consistent skier, “I didn’t really have a good feeling from the very beginning. My balance and my energy wasn’t quite there. I’ve been struggling with being sick and I’m trying to find my strength again.” Lindsey Vonn continues to lead in the World Cup standings and this fourth place finish further expanded her lead in points.
It was a great day for the entire women’s team today with six American’s placing in the top 30. Stacey Cook Came in eighth, Julia Ford in 22nd, Laurenne Ross and Alice McKennis in 26th. It was the first race back for Ross after her big crash at the December 3rd downhill crash and the first World Cup points for Ford.
Vonn was very excited for her teammate’s victory today, “I’m really happy for Julia with second and for Liz Goergl for winning at home. I’m still happy with fourth considering where my strength is, but Lizzy and Julia skied really well and deserved to be on the podium.”
The reigning downhill World Champion Austrian Elisabeth Goergl of Austria came in first place, marking her first World Cup downhill victory.
Universal Sports will air the downhill at 11 a.m and 8 p.m. ET on its 24-hour TV network