Mancuso Just Off Meribel Combi Podium
MERIBEL, France (Feb. 24) - World Championship super G bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) ripped to second in the downhill half of Sunday's super combined but dropped to fourth overall after hooking up in the soft snow of the slalom portion. Tina Maze of Slovenia took the win - her eighth on the season - to boost her World Cup point total to 1844 and clinch the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall title a full three weeks before the end of the season. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. ET.
- Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) powered through soft snow to finish fourth in the Meribel super combined.
- Slovenia's Tina Maze captured the win for her eighth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of the season.
- Maze now has 1844 overall points and clinched the overall title a full nine races before the end of the season.
- Austrians Nicole Hosp and Michaela Kirchgasser finished 2-3.
- Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was 15th and Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) 26th. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) did not finish the downhill.
- Heavy overnight snow forced the organizers to delay the start of the downhill and lower the start.
- The women's tour now moves to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany for a downhill and a super G.
- Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. ET.
In places we got like two feet of snow last night. It was really soft so those slalom athletes definitely had a good advantage with the lowered downhill start and the better start positions.
I didn't make any mistakes in the downhill and that was my plan. I made too many yesterday, but it's pretty hard to put any time on the slalom skiers. It seemed like we ran about half of the full length of the downhill.
The slalom was actually pretty good. I did some slalom training two days ago and things are starting to feel better there. I did have a big mistake at the top, but was able to keep it on the course.
Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach
Julia did a really good job today. We know that we don't have too much of a shot in the slalom and our goal was to put some more effort into the downhill and fix some things from yesterday. That definitely worked out. It was unfortunate that we had to go from the lower start today. If it would have been from the top, Jules might have had a bigger gap on the Austrian slalom specialists and been on the podium.
It was her best combined result for a long time and that's really promising. She had some mistakes, but she's getting the speed back in slalom.
Laurenne did a better job in the downhill portion too, but with only two combined races on the World Cup schedule, it's not something that we're training
Stacey was in the hunt, even with her late start number and caught an edge and missed a gate.
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