Canadian Wins Super Series Giant Slalom

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Park City, UT Feb. 9 (AP)--Canadian skier Britt Janyk won a Super Series giant slalom on Wednesday and 15-year-old Julia Mancuso of Tahoe City, Calif., closed in on the series' overall and GS titles.

Janyk posted the fastest time for each run at Park City Mountain Resort, the Olympic GS venue for the 2002 Winter Games, for a combined time of 1 minute, 58.04 seconds in softening snow. The temperature on a sunny day was in the 40s.

Mancuso, who moved from the Squaw Valley Ski Team to the U.S. Development Team and her World Cup debut this winter, was second in 1:58.43. Third place went to Patricia Auer of Italy in 1:58.72.

With only a giant slalom Thursday remaining in the Super Series, Mancuso has 374 points to Canadian Anne-Marie LeFrancois' 296. LeFrancois, who is primarily a downhiller, was seventh Wednesday. In order to wrest the overall title away, the Canadian must place at least second on Thursday and Mancuso must not finish.

Mancuso also leads the giant slalom points with 175. Janyk, with 100, is the only skier who can pass her, but also needs to be first or second and have Mancuso fail to finish to make up the 75-point gap. First place is worth 100 points with 80 for second.

``My first run was so good, but I think I was giving the hill too much respect,'' Mancuso said. ``Conditions were slushy, really slushy but hard underneath.''

She said she enjoyed getting into a few World Cup races, but it also was unnerving.

``It was kind of intimidating watching the other women on live coverage at the base area,'' Mancuso said. ``I didn't have the confidence that I could ski with them.''

The Super Series, the U.S. portion of the NorAm Cup races, is the highest level of sub-World Cup racing in the United States. Winning the overall title would be a further boost to her confidence, she said.

``Overall? That'd be cool,'' Mancuso said. ``I still need to move it in other races, though.'' Copyright (c) 2000 The Associated Press