Julia Mancuso battled against the odds to secure a fifth-place finish in Sunday’s giant slalom at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season finale. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg took first place in the day’s race to capture the giant slalom title for the second straight year in a row.
“I needed that good result for my last giant slalom of the season. I have had a lot of moments where I was really right there and I just couldn’t get back into that top five,” said Mancuso.
Mancuso finished the season at fourth in the overall standings, making 2011/2012 the skier’s best season since 2008. During the season, she has seen two victories and podiumed four other times. She finished up the season at second in super G, fifth in the downhill standings and ninth in giant slalom.
Mancuso and Vonn are now heading to the U.S. Ski Team’s European Training base in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria to test skis for 2013.
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season now goes on hiatus until October with the giant slalom opening in Soelden, Austria.
Mancuso and the U.S. Women’s team definitely have a lot to look forward to next season. When asked about what the future holds, Julia responded with, “I am excited to end strong and I had a solid effort. I got quite a few points so I know I can improve on that. I am psyched that I could actually stay solid when it seemed nothing was going right for me in giant slalom.” She went on to say, ”It also feels pretty special to have won a few races, been right there in Super G and had a strong downhill year. I know that I can be back on the overall podium and that gives me a lot of motivation for next season.”
Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser shares his athlete’s positive outlook on this past season and what is in store for the next.
“It’s pretty amazing to have Julia fighting for the podium every weekend. We know she can be there and she proved that with her hard work this season. Across the board, I’m incredibly proud of what this team has been able to produce. Not just Lindsey and Julia, but our women’s speed team and Resi (Stiegler) and Mikaela (Shiffrin) on the tech side.” Hoedlmoser continued by saying, “We had 10 women qualify for World Cup Finals and that says a lot about this team, but there’s still a lot of work to do. We know we can improve.”