Representing the US Ski Team, Julia Mancuso has accomplished an amazing season with a very strong finish at the World Cup Final in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Squaw Valley local, Mancuso skied into eighth place on Sunday during the intense giant slalom final, bringing her to fourth place overall in the Audi FIS World Cup standings for the second year in a row. Along with her teammates such as 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin and multi-globe winner Lindsey Vonn, Mancuso and the US Ski Team have made their mark in the history books for their best season yet.
Julia Mancuso powers her way down the slopes to a fourth overall finish at the Audi FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals giant slalom race | Photo: Mitchell Gunn/ESPA
Julia Mancuso commented on her great season, “Yeah, I had some good results in the end. It’s been up and down, but with the new ski regulations it’s been hard for me to really find the groove. It’s looking good. I’m happy to have two good GS finishes at the end of the year and I look forward to next year. I’m still working to step up my game there (in speed). Super G was really good, but I hope to win some races next year. I’m going to work hard this summer and hope everything goes well. In ski racing you need a little bit of luck too. Hopefully those hundredths that went the wrong way for me this year will come back around next year.”
Despite her season-ending injury in Schladming, Lindsey Vonn earned her record-breaking 17th globe for downhill and finished eighth overall. After dominating with her sixth straight downhill title, Vonn has accomplished what neither male nor female have ever accomplished before.
After finishing 43rd overall last season, young Shiffrin showed great progress and rose in the final ranks of fifth overall. Shiffrin took the World Cup slalom title and became the first U.S. slalom World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84. Shiffrin is officially the fourth youngest woman to win a globe and the sixth youngest woman to win any World Cup title. Saturday’s win made Shiffrin the first non-European to win four World Cup slalom races in a season.
Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the Audi FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals slalom race to win the globe | Photo: Mitchell Gunn/ESPA
Mikaela Shiffrin stated, “I had some things I could have done better today. I’m definitely tired. I skied a lot of days before yesterday. I put a lot of my energy into that second run. I just tried to get a good night’s sleep, but I’m not full of energy today. You have to be able to work with that, which is something I’m learning. I think I need a little bit more training. I’ve had an amazing season in GS so far. It’s just improved so much from last year and throughout the season. There’s a couple things that I’m working on that I want to keep moving forward with.”
Wednesday’s downhill also solidifies the U.S. Ski Team’s win in the women’s nation downhill standings by 457 points over the Swiss. Accomplishing their goals set at the beginning of the season, all six women on the speed team completed podium finishes at least once this season.
Next the US Ski Team returns home for the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley.
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