Julia Mancuso beat out the competition yesterday night to take first in the head-to-head style parallel slalom finishing under the lights in Moscow, Russia. This is her second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win this season. Teammate Lindsay Vonn racked up another 60 points to her overall World Cup lead after landing in third.
Manusco had a great day of skiing and showcasing her immense speed and precision. She skillfully knocked out Vonn in the semifinal and edged past Austrian Mikaela Kirchgasser in the final.
“I’m excited to be on the podium today, but I’m also really happy for Jules for winning. She skied amazing. These parallel events are really tough, you can’t think about it, you just have to go for it,” Vonn said.
It was a close race for the third between Vonn and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. After the first run of the small final, Vonn was down by only .30 to Riesch but came out with a quick second run to win the heat.
It was an exciting bracket style competition held on a 170 foot tall, 535 foot long slope in Luzhniki Olympic Park. Each match featured two runs with the fastest racer from the first earning a time advantage on the second. Thousands of fans came out in the frigid Moscow weather to watch the event and cheer on the competitors. They witnessed an electric end to the alpine skiing showcase in Russia, the host country of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
“This is a very unique event. It’s an incredible hill that they built. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with Russia. The hospitality has been great, the locations are awesome, it’s been a fun few weeks in Russia,” Mancuso said.
On the men’s side, Tod Ligety was knocked out in the first round, and Alexis Pinterault left with the win.
The next stop on the World Cup circuit will be in Bansko, Bulgaria for the women and in Crans Montana, Switzerland for the men.