Mancuso 8th in Worlds Combined
SCHLADMING, Austria (Feb. 8) - Despite a significant mistake in the downhill portion of Friday's FIS Alpine Ski World Championships super combined, super G bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) clicked with her best slalom performance of the season to finish eighth. Teammates Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was 11th and Stacey Cook 18th (Mammoth Mountain, CA) behind German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who captured gold for her first medal of the championships. Universal Sports Network will broadast the race at 10 a.m. ET.
- Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with eighth at the FIS Alpine Ski World Champoinships super combined.
- Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was 11th and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 18th.
- Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) was 12th after the downhill, but opted to skip the slalom in order to prep for Sunday's downhill.
- Olympic super combined gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany captured gold, with Slovenia's Tina Maze silver and Austrian Nicole Hosp bronze.
- The Best in the World women's speed team used the opportunity to fine tune their line for Sunday's downhill.
- Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 10 a.m. ET.
I knew it was going to be a really big fight for the gold medal today. Both courses were in perfect condition. I had a mistake in the downhill, so I wasn't expecting much. I was just trying to get some more practice on this downhill and on my slalom skis.
You'll see me on Sunday, I'll be racing and I will be going fast. The color of medal I want is gold. If you want to win you have to have an absolute best run and be on the limit. It's going to be really cool to see what our team can do. We've got three other athletes who can be on the podium and not one of us came here for anything other than a medal.
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