The historic World Cup season continues as the U.S. Women’s ski team took on the super G in Schladming, Austria. Julia Mancuso had an amazing performance that gave her a second place finish behind Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg who secured the first super G victory of her career.
Mancuso spoke to her win after the race, saying, “ I didn’t make any mistakes, I just skied a clean run. It wasn’t quite fast enough for the win and maybe there are some spots where I could have pushed harder but I am happy with where I started and where I finished.” She went on praise the course at Schladming, explaining, “I think it’s a really good hill. It’s always nice to have courses that are set because of the terrain. There are a few places where it goes through the trees and I really like that.”
Lindsey Vonn came in sixth place and clinched her 16th career Audi FIS World Cup title.
Despite only coming in sixth, Vonn was thrilled for her teammate’s strong performance, “I’m really proud of Jules (Mancuso) and Leanne (Smith). Julia is so strong in super G and is really starting to give me a run for my money and Leanne is showing that she can ski with the best in both downhill and super G. This was a great way for our team to close the speed season.”
Lindsey Vonn is now at 1,948 World Cup points, bringing her ever closer to the single-season record of 2,000 points, held by Austria’s Hermann Maier. While her sixth place victory prevented her from smashing the record today, there are still two races remaining. With a little over fifty points left to clear, it is inevitability at this point.
“I still got the super G globe so I am happy about that. I just didn’t quite get the 2,000 points but I still have two races left and hopefully I can still get it,” said Vonn.
Leanne Smith followed in fifth for a career best super G as three Americans finished in the top six. This was a true standout performance for Smith, solidifying her as force to be reckoned with in the World Cup scene.
“I just wanted to ski as aggressively as possible”, said Smith. “I made a couple of little errors but I am really happy with my anticipation and the intensity of that run.”
She went on to say, “I really like it here. The fans are so excited and they love ski racing. It was loud for every single athlete that crossed the finish line.”
The nations team event is scheduled for Friday with Mancuso, Resi Stiegler, Nolan Kasper and Tim Jitloff competing for the U.S.
Mancuso is psyched, “I am looking forward to the giant slalom. My plan is to do everything. We will see how it feels but for sure the team event and possibly the slalom.”
Universal Sports will air the race at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET
Photography by: Mitch Gunn – www.sportsphotographer.eu