Julia Mancuso charged back to the top of the World Cup podium with a gutsy victory in the super G to complete a U.S. Ski Team sweep in Garmisch (Getty Images/AFP - Johannes Eisele)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Feb. 5) - Three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) attacked a gnarly Garmisch super G that forced 14 racers off course to win her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of the season. The victory, Mancuso's career sixth, completed a U.S. Ski Team weekend sweep following Lindsey Vonn's (Vail, CO) historic victory in the opening downhill.
Julia Mancuso won her first World Cup of the season with super G victory
Mancuso's victory, her career sixth, completes a U.S. Ski Team sweep of the weekend
Lindsey Vonn won the downhill Saturday, but caught an edge and did not finish the super G
Vonn was held for nearly five minutes prior to her run for course repair
Vonn continued to lead the overall by 482, though her super G lead dropped to 20 points
It was Mancuso's fourth podium of the season
Mancuso won her fourth World Championships medal, an super G silver, on the same hill last season
Mancuso and Vonn last combined for a sweep Dec. 19-20, 2006 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
The rugged, icy race forced 14 racers off course including all other Americans
Frigid temperatures and extremely flat light added to the difficult conditions
The women's World Cup now moves to Soldeu, Andorra for a giant slalom and slalom
QUOTES Julia Mancuso At this point in my career, I really want to win. I go into every race with that attitude and I knew that today - just like the other super G's - you have to put it all on the line. You can't hold back at all if you want to win a super G. When I crossed the finish line, I thought, 'if that wasn't good enough, then I don't know what is.'
It was very difficult, I really couldn't see much, but that was what you had to do - you had to go for it. I knew that I kept my speed the whole way despite a couple of mistakes. I stayed in there, it was a rough ride, but I managed to make it to the finish.
You had to go fast and not care where you are. I like to see - it's better when it's sunny - but it gives me an advantage, because I know I can perform in difficult conditions.
The course was set really fast, besides a couple of turns, and I knew I had to push myself to the limit and make those technical sections clean, then it was just a case of trying to go as fast as possible.
Our team is confident, skiing fast and taking advantage of the type of skiing we're capable of doing. I'm psyched that we're all stepping it up.
Lindsey Vonn I'm not sad or disappointed. Yesterday was an amazing day and I'm really proud of the way I'm skiing right now..
I'm third in the giant slalom World Cup and I've never been in that position before. I'm going there [Soldeu] to win. The giant slalom World Cup title is definitely a goal.
Alex Hoedlmoser, women's Head Coach That was really cool to see Jules going again like hell. She's been building to this and we all knew that it was just a matter of time before she'd be back on top this season.
We wanted to win this thing and every single one of our athletes had that attitude. The plan was to go like hell and see what the outcome is.
Lindsey was on a good track and maybe we could have had one and two, but she caught a little bit of an edge and couldn't finish. And the other athletes were hammering too, but to win, you just need one in the finish.