FIS World Cup: US Womens Ski Team Enjoy Swiss Chocolate at St. Moritz

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 27, 2012 10:01 am


A few weeks back, Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser asked the girls on the US Ski team if they wanted to go out for fondue the night before this race.

“What kind of a question is that,” said skier Leanne Smith, “I’ll answer for everyone. Yes.”

The ladies are enjoying a bluebird day in beautiful Switzerland, and celebrating a first place finish by Lindsey Vonn in the FID World Cup. Today is a bonus training run for tomorrow’s Super Combined as planned, giving the athletes super combined and overall points.

Lindsey Vonn in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Photo courtesy US Ski Team

Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) pushed her Audi FIS Alpine World Cup points total to 1,070 with a super combined victory in St. Moritz. It was Vonn’s seventh victory of the season and now leads the overall chase by 302 points over Slovenian Tina Maze, who was second. Vonn has won in every discipline this season except slalom. It was the career 48th World Cup victory for Vonn, who is third on the women’s all-time list. Vonn now leads Slovenian Tina Maze by 302 points in the overall title chase.

It was the first super combined of the season due to the December cancelation in Val d’Isere, France. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was 13th, Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) 18th, and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) 20th, Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) was 15th in the downhill, but did not start the slalom portion.

Leanne Smith (above) rocked the St. Moritz leader box with fourth in the opening run of Super Combined. Photo couresy US Ski Team

Lindsey Vonn leads with Julia Mancuso in fifth. Slalom portion coming up at 7:30 a.m. streaming live on

“Everyone is skiing so well right now,” Vonn shared. “We all have so much confidence. Leanne has been really fast in a lot of races and today she put it through the finish in the downhill without any mistakes. She knows she can do it and the same goes for Laurenne and Stacey. Julia has had a lot of success in her career and she knows what to do. We all are excited about the way we are skiing and I think we’re all really excited for tomorrow’s race.”

Julia Mancuso is right on her heels in fifth and her slalom has been coming along. She scored her first slalom points of the season last weekend with 22nd in Kranjska Gora. The second run could be very good for Jules.

“There’s a really solid American contingency here. We actually had some banners in the finish and a big American flag. It was cool to see the American support,” Vonn added.

(Above) Alice Mckennis tweets: “Just had an awesome fondue dinner with the whole team and USA ski racing fans Peter & Pam! Thanks guys, that was fun!”

A big group of American fans cheered the U.S. Ski Team in the finish stadium.

A downhill is slated for Saturday with a second super combined on Sunday in St. Moritz.

“St. Moritz is a great hill for super combined,” Vonn commented. “I felt like I had a really good downhill run, but I was a little bit nervous. I didn’t think I had enough time ahead of the slalom girls, but I put together a solid slalom run to hang onto the lead.


Official Results from FIS World Cup. January 27, 2012, St Moritz, Switzerland. 

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