Julia Mancuso posted 11th in the season opening super combined in St. Moritz as Slovenian Tina Maze took her third win of the season (Getty Images/ESPA - Mitch Gunn)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Dec. 7) - Slovenia's Tina Maze mastered incredibly flat light to stretch her Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall lead to 187 points over reigning champion Lindsey Vonn with a super combined victory Friday in St. Moritz, her third win of the season. Vonn, who stood fourth after the opening leg of super G, skied out in the slalom portion and dropped to fourth in the overall standings. Julia Mancuso posted the top U.S. finish with 11th and Laurenne Ross was 25th. Women's racing continues Saturday at the Swiss resort with super G followed by giant slalom on Sunday.
Slovenia's Tina Maze captured her third Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victory of the season with a super combined win in St. Moritz.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was fourth in the super G portion, but skied out in the slalom and did not finish to drop to fourth in the overall standings.
Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) went out in the slalom. Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) and Julia Ford (Plymouth, NH) did not start the slalom portion.
The race was one of only two scheduled World Cup super combined events this season and will not award a discipline title, however it will be a medal event at the World Championships.
The Best in the World women's speed team returns to action Saturday with a super G.
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QUOTES Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach The light was incredibly tough, but Lindsey and Julia had pretty good super G runs even with a few mistakes. I expected more from Leanne and Laurenne. They didn't ski up to the edge and then it's hard in the slalom portion.
We'll have to look at where we can improve for tomorrow and then get our atheltes fired up for another super G. There is some snow coming in now, but hopefully it will clear out by the morning and we can have a fiar race.