Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso Leads U.S. in Finals Giant Slalom


March 18, 2006

ARE, Sweden (USST Press Release)—World Cup overall champion Janica Kostelic of Croatia had the fastest time on both runs Saturday in giant slalom for her second victory in 24 hours at World Cup Finals. Olympic champion Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), the lone American in the race, was 12th.

Kostelic, who skipped the downhill that opened World Cup Finals and then clinched her third overall title by finishing fourth in the super G, closed racing at the 2007 World Championships venue by winning the last four runs - both runs Friday in slalom and both runs Saturday in GS. Her GS winning time was 2:06.41 with Canadian Genevieve Simard second at 2:07.02.

Mancuso moved up two places in the final run, finishing with a total time of 2:09.52 in rainy conditions. That moved her into eighth place overall behind Kostelic; Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO), who decided not to race in the final GS, is fifth in the points.

The World Cup season concludes Sunday with the team event, which made its debut at the 2005 World Alpine Ski Championships. A team names up to six athletes so two males and two females ski two runs of super G and two runs of slalom. Nations Cup points are awarded based on the standings.

Women's Alpine World Cup
World Cup Finals
Are, SWE - March 18, 2006
Women's Giant Slalom
1. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 2.06.41
2. Genevieve Simard, Canada, 2:07.02
3. (tie) Tanja Poutiainen, Finland, and Nicole Hosp, Austria, 2:07.95
5. Manuela Moelgg, Italy, 2:08.32
12. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 2:09.52

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