Stacey Cook rips to ninth in the Sochi downhill as four Americans landed in a World Cup top 10 for the first time in team history (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Vianney Thibaut)
SOCHI, Russia (Feb. 18) - American women rewrote the record books Saturday as Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finsished third, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) sixth, Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) ninth and Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) 10th to place four American women in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill top 10 for the first time in history. The record setting team performance, which included all Americans finishing in the top 30, happened at Rosa Khutor Resort - alpine host of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The last time U.S. women place four in a World Cup top 10 was March 17, 1985 during a giant slalom in Waterville Valley, NH.
Record setting four American women in the World Cup top 10 for downhill for the first time in U.S. Ski Team history
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) 3, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) 6, Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 9, Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) 10
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QUOTES Lindsey Vonn Any one of the girls on our team could have one this race. Our speed group is incredibly strong and we have been the past few years. It says a lot about how hard we work and how much we love ski racing. It's a great group to be around and we all support each other. To have a performace like we did today is pretty special.
Julia Mancuso There's still a few places that I can clean up, but we'll still get three training runs for the Olympics, so I'll have good chance to find out where I can make up some time. I like to dream big, ski fast and dream about all of those powder days at Squaw Valley that helped me to get to this place that I am now. Being a professtional skier and being able to ski in the Olympics is a pretty big honor, so I'm hoping to be back here in 2014.
Stacey Cook I definitely didn't expect to be in the top 10 today, especially after the way I've been training this week. I'm not really sure what happened today. I've been fast in training runs this season and my downhill has been going really well, so I knew it was possible. It makes me really excited for the Olympics in two years. I kinda wish we could come back to Sochi next year. A couple of more runs down this hill wouldn't hurt.
Alice McKennis It wasn't perfect, but I was going for it and pushing my comfort level. It's not an easy course. There's a ton of terrain, which is really fun and the pitch is really tough.
It's just cool to be where the Olympics are going to be. It definitely adds some extra energy and it's pretty exciting to see what it's going to be like in two years. I'm looking forward to coming back.
Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach I'm proud of this entire group. We had four girls in the top 10 on the Olympic hill and this shows that we're on track for 2014. We have a pretty good chance on this hill and we're going to do everything we can to medal here.
This team is very very focused and they putting a lot of effort into it. Some of the girls were five seconds out in yesterday's training run and today they' were in the top 10. They know what they need to do fix things and be fast. They're racers and racers step it up on race day.