Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin Lead U.S. Ski Team in Courchevel Giant Slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 16, 2012 4:45 pm

The women’s U.S. Ski Team charged hard in Sunday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel. Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin led Team USA, each with a top 10 performances. Mancuso skied to 6th place, while Shiffrin finished in 9th. Slovenian Tina Maze won the day to earn her fourth straight GS victory. Maze leads the World Cup 799-468 over Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso powers her way down the course in Courchevel | Photo by Getty Images/AFP-Philippe Desmazes

After the race Mancuso spoke about her performance, saying, “It's a step in the right direction for my GS. I was happy to come down second and end up sixth. “

Today’s 6th place finish propelled Mancuso ahead in the overall point race. She now resides in 5th place, behind teammate Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn had

another rough day on the unforgiving French slopes. The star skier went out in the first run.

Mancuso talked about the difficult nature of the Courchevel World Cup stop, explaining, “It's a pretty tricky course – really turny first run and more difficult than the second run. They had to inject because it snowed meters the week before in order to make sure we had a race they put in a lot of water and it was a really rough. After scraping off the snow there was glare ice, but I thought it turned out pretty well. It was a good decision.”

Young gun, Mikaela Shiffrin continued to impress with her 9th place finish, which matched her career best GS run at the Aspen Winternational last month.

“I knew it was a long shot to get into the top 10,” said Shiffrin. “I was more psyched that I made it down and survived the first run. There were a few places where I thought I was gong to die or give up. I was psyched to get a second run and thought it would be a walk in the park so I wasn't worried about it.”

The World Cup now heads for Are, Sweden with giant slalom and slalom Wednesday and Thursday.


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