Julia Mancuso skied a brilliant bottom section in the Wednesday night final to finish 14th in the Are night giant slalom (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Alain Grosclaude)
ARE, Sweden (Dec. 19) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) skied a brilliant bottom section to finish 14th in Wednesday's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom held under the lights in Are. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) had also made the final with the 17th fastest opening run, but hooked a gate with her right shoulder and was bounced off course. German Olympic GS champion Viktoria Rebensburg halted the four-race discipline win streak of Slovenia's Tina Maze with her first victory of the season. Maze finished third behind Anna Fenninger of Austria.
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team with 14th in a night giant slalom held Wednesday in Are, Sweden.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied the 17th fastest opening run, but was bounced off course after hooking her shoulder on a gate.
Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won the race to halt Tina Maze of Slovenia's four race win streak in the discipline.
Maze finshed third behind Austria's Anna Fenninger, but still holds a commanding lead in both the GS and overall standings.
A win by the dominant Maze would have locked the 2013 GS title in 2012.
Reigning overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) did not start while continuing to regain strength from an intestinal infection.
Are will host a slalom Thursday to close World Cup racing until after the Christmas holiday.
QUOTES Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach Julia is still trying some things with her equipment and she was using the same ski she used in Courchevel in the first run and it just didn't work out. The snow conditions were totally different. She switched skis for the second run and she was two tenths out of the fastest time. It was good progress and we're going to keep that going. She's going to skip tomorrow's slalom and focus on testing GS skis.
MIkaela's first run was OK and she was right in there, even with a big mistake. Second run she was really going for it an was just a little bit too close on one gate and when out. if your attacking, that can happen. We always want to see our athletes attacking.