Julia Mancuso Leads the U.S. Women’s Ski Team in St. Moritz Super Combined

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 7, 2012 10:58 am

Weather and poor visibility led to a tough day in St. Moritz, Switzerland for the U.S. Women’s Ski Team. The first event of the stop was the super combined, which included a super G and slalom. Lindsey Vonn skied well in the super G, finishing in fouth, but skied out in the slalom portion. Slovenia’s Tina Maze who skied to first bested Vonn. Maze extends her lead to 187 points over reigning champion Vonn. Julia Mancuso led the U.S. Ski team in the event with an 11th place finish. Laurenne Ross also made it into the top 30 with a 25th place finish.

Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser, explained, “The light was incredibly tough, but Lindsey and Julia had pretty good super G runs even with a few mistakes. I expected more from Leanne and Laurenne. They didn’t ski up to the edge and then it’s hard in the slalom portion.”

Hoedlmoser went on to say, “We’ll have to look at where we can improve for tomorrow and then get our athletes fired up for another super G. There is some snow coming in now, but hopefully it will clear out by the morning and we can have a fair race.”

Not finishing today’s race cost Lindsey Vonn her position in the World Cup point standings, with the skier dropping to fourth.

Stacey Cook, who absolutely slayed last weekend in Lake Louise ended up going out in the slalom. Leanne Smith and Julia Ford did not start the slalom portion.

The race was one of only two scheduled World Cup super combined events this season and will not award a discipline title, however it will be a medal event at the World Championships.

The women still have a chance to impress St. Moritz during Saturday’s super G and the slalom on Sunday.


Julia Mancuso - St. Moritz

Julia Mancuso posted 11th in the season opening super combined in St. Moritz as Slovenian Tina Maze took her third win of the season | Getty Images/ESPA – Mitch Gunn