Mancuso 5th, All Four U.S. Women in SG Top 15

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ARE, Sweden (March 16) - Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was fifth and Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) sixth Thursday in super G at World Cup Finals as all four U.S. women broke into the first 15. Croatian Janica Kostelic clinched her third World Cup overall title when defending champion Anja Paerson of Sweden missed a gate and failed to finish.

Austrian Nicole Hosp won in 1:19.45 with Olympic SG champion Michaela Dorfmeister, who already had clinched the World Cup super G title, in second place (1:19.72). At the same time, Kostelic was fourth (1:20.32) and, with two races left, has 1,770 points to 1,566 for Paerson, who said earlier this week she faces surgery next week on both of her knees.

Mancuso's time was 1:20.34 while Kildow was .03 farther back. Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) was 12th and Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) 15th. At Finals, points are awarded only to the top 15 finishers. Behind Dorfmeister in the final super G standings, the U.S. Ski Team had Kildow in fourth, Mancuso No. 6, Clark eighth and Ludlow 11th.

"It's not what what we hoped for, so there's some disappointment," said women's DH/SG Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. "But we got all four in the top 15 today, and for the season we have four women in the top 11, so that's a strong positive for next season.

"It's the end of what's been a long season, including the Olympics, and it's sometimes just hard for skiers to keep their focus. That's just the reality of it," he said. "I thought we'd have at least one on the podium, so I'm not completely satisfied; I think they all over-skied the top - it's a narrow chute, and it's hard, for sure...but you have to gun it top to bottom on this course and they didn't go full risk. They played it safer."

The women race slalom Friday and giant slalom Saturday before the coed Team Event Sunday with two men and two women competing from each nation.

WOMEN'S ALPINE WORLD CUP

World Cup Finals
Are, SWE - March 16, 2006
Women's Super G

1. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:19.45
2. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:19.72
3. Martina Ertl-Renz, Germany, 1:19.88
4. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1:20.32
5. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1;20.34
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6. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, Colo., 1:20.37
12. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, Wash., 1:20.77
15. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:21.27

For complete results:http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=17080

To view a video of Kildow following her second-place finish Wednesday, which clinched second place in the final downhill points:http://www.totaldisruption.com/total.php