Sunday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom event concluded the U.S. Ski Team’s time in St. Moritz. Despite their best efforts, Team USA was unable to maintain the same momentum that they displayed in Saturday’s super G. Julia Mancuso led the team with a 21st place finish, while Lindsey Vonn followed in 27th. Tina Maze of Slovenia continued to ski consistently to win the day and earn her third consecutive GS victory of the 2012/2013 season. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany finished second with Tess Worley of France in third. Maze now holds a 234-point lead in the overall title chase.
Lindsey Vonn is still reportedly suffering the affects of her November stomach illness. The skier had a solid first run that put her in fifth place, but a near crash in the final run ended up costing her dearly. Vonn continues to hold third in the overall point standings, sitting behind German Maria Hoefl-Riesch.
“I was just dead,” said Vonn. “Two-run races are really hard for me right now. I caught on the inside ski a little bit. Normally I should make that kind of recovery.”
Julia Mancuso was forced to ski against severe winds during her final run, resulting her 21st place finish. Mikaela Shiffrin qualified for the final, but did not finish the second run.
Today’s finish is obviously a disappointment for the women, especially after achieving their monumental 1-3 finish in the stop’s super G. When skiing at such a high level, a single turn can mean the difference between landing on the podium and struggling to finish in the top 30.
“We wanted to attack and that’s what they did.” explained Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. ”Mikaela had a huge mistake and just slid out. Lindsey was over nine-tenths ahead on that split right before she made that huge mistake. But if you want to be on the podium you have to full on gun it. Our athletes weren’t in this just to finish the race. They want to make a statement.”