Julia Mancuso celebrated her second super G podium of the weekend in Garmisch, Germany. The Olympian managed to land in third place, ahead of discipline leader and overall points champ Tina Maze. Anna Fenninger of Austria won the day, with Maria Hoefl-Riesch settling for second.
“I am happy to be on the podium, just trying my best every day,” said Mancuso. “I am enjoying it with the sun out. I wish I could have gained some more points on her (Maze), I need all the luck on my side. I need to win the (last) race and then anything can happen.”
At this time the skiers are locked in at 420-365, with Mancuso a mere 55 points behind Slovenian Tina Maze. Today’s victory was a huge opportunity in that it closed the gap and prevented Maze from getting the points earned from a podium finish. The next super G point opportunity comes during the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, March 11-17. With a max of 100 points on the table, Mancuso could take unsurp Maze of her lead and take the title at the last minute.
American skiers Leanne Smith finished in 16th place, Laurenne Ross came in 22nd, and Stacey Cook took 25th.
Mancuso, Smith and Ross currently resided within the top 25, and as such, will represent the U.S. Ski Team in super G at the World Cup Finals.