Olympian Julian Mancuso displayed her super G prowess last month when she took bronze at the World Championship in Schladming. On Friday, the alpine skier established herself as a strong contender for the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G title when she tied Slovenia’s Tina Maze for second place in the Garmisch super G! Victory needed up going to Tina Weirather, who is the first woman from Lichtenstein to bring home World Cup gold since her mother Hanni Wenzel won an event in 1984!
“I want to win races so I’m going to fight for that first,” said Mancuso. “I feel like in order to get a super G title you should win a race so that’s my first goal. And if I hit that goal, then I should have a good chance at staying in there for the chase.”
At this time, Mancuso resides a mere 65 points behind Maze who holds the lead in the overall points race. With two super G events left to go, Mancuso has a huge opportunity to bring home the title for Team USA. Super G has been one of the skiers strongest disciplines, with 14 career podiums. Currently, Mancuso is 10th in the world for all-time super G podiums, tying her with Austrian Anita Wachter.
The US Women’s Team continues to show the world why they are the best, bringing our nation’s standings to 810-765 over Austria. Fellow teammates Laurenne Ross skied great to claim a ninth place finish, Leanne Smith followed in 12th, and Stacey Cook took 30th.
Mancuso spoke about the solid performance of her teammates, saying, “Laurenne was pretty happy with a top 10. It’s always tough running early and she skied with a lot of confidence even though she was one of the early starters. Leanne also skied pretty well. She wants to finish better, but in super G it’s been so tight after the top five. If she’s one hundredth in the other direction, then it’s a top finish for her and she can do that.”
The alpine action continues with a downhill slated for Saturday and another super G on Sunday.