Julia Mancuso, the three-time Olympic medalist tackled a beast of a Garmisch super G that forced 14 of the competing racers off the track to capture her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of the season! This is Mancuso’s sixth career victory and completes a U.S. sweep for the weekend following teammate and fellow Olympian Lindsey Von’s historic 50th victory in the opening downhill.
Mancuso spoke of the day’s victory, “At this point in my career, I really want to win. I go into every race with that attitude and I knew that today – just like the other super G’s – you have to put it all on the line. You can’t hold back at all if you want to win a super G. When I crossed the finish line, I thought, ‘if that wasn’t good enough, then I don’t know what is.’”
The slopes of Garmisch have been absolutely frigid and became very rugged and icy during the day’s super G — this lead to extremely volatile racing conditions. Fourteen of the races were forced off the track, including Vonn who caught an edge and did not finish. After her performance yesterday, it was disappointing to not see the 1 and 2 spots held by Americans. Vonn still retains a 20 point lead in the super G, and overall by 482.
Vonn is riding the wave from her 50th victory and eyeing further milestones going into Soldeu. “I’m third in the giant slalom World Cup and I’ve never been in that position before. I’m going there [Soldeu] to win. The giant slalom World Cup title is definitely a goal”, said Vonn.
Universal Sports will air the women’s super G at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET