BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Jan. 7) – Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) stormed to second and led three Americans into the top 10 at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim. World Cup overall and downhill leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) survived a big mistake right out of the starting gate to finish fourth, missing the podium by a mere five hundredths. Reigning downhill World Champion Austrian Elisabeth Goergl of Austria won for her first World Cup downhill victory.
“It was very difficult and I was hoping for the win, but you had to hold on and fight. It was set pretty straight at the bottom, so you can go really fast, but you pay for it if you can’t hold the line,” said Mancuso.
This was Julia’s best downhill finish since winning World Cup Finals last March (where she finished second).
Lindsey Vonn, still fighting a stomach bug, expanded her Audi FIS World Cup overall lead by finishing fourth. “I’m really happy for Julia with second and for Liz Goergl for winning at home. I’m still happy with fourth considering where my strength is, but Lizzy and Julia skied really well and deserved to be on the podium.”
Stacey Cook was eighth, Julia Ford was 22nd, Laurenne Ross was 23rd and Alice McKennis 26th to place six American Women in the top 30.