Julia Mancuso celebrates the fifth World Championship medal of her storied career with bronze in the Schladming super G. (Getty Images/AFP-Olivier Morin)
SCHLADMING, Austria (Feb. 5) - Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) put on a full speed attack through fog, soft snow and deep ruts to win super G bronze on the opening day of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming. It was her fifth career World Championships medal, third in super G and a women's record eighth major championship medal. Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall and super G leader Tina Maze of Slovenia captured gold with Lara Gut of Switzerland silver. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) crashed about mid-way down the course and was taken to a local hospital.
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) won the fifth FIS Alpine Ski World Championships medal of her career taking super G bronze at the opening event in Schladming.
It was a challenging day with fog delaying the start for 3-1/2 hours and the race ending around 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon after a series of long mid-race delays.
Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) was 16th, Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) 26th.
Men are in action Wednesday with a super G with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY), Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) starting.
Women begin training Wednesday in preparation for super combined on Friday and Sunday's World Championship downhill. Five U.S. women are vying for four start positions.
Julia Mancuso World Championships Bronze, 2005, Bormio/Santa Caterina, super G Bronze, 2005, Bormio/Santa Caterina, giant slalom Silver, 2007, Are, super combined Silver, 2011, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, super G Bronze, 2013, Schladming, super G
QUOTES Julia Mancuso I think that might've been one of the most difficult races I've ever been in. It was a really long course and a lot of hurry up and wait. I didn't know I'd be so tired at the end of the run. Every time, no matter what kind of run, I know I could have a much better run. But to finish on the podium is kind of all you can ask for.
Yeah, that was hard. I think just with a long day everything, even your mental game, can be effected. I knew the course well, but my reactions weren't totally on but I guess they were on close enough to notice that I was going on the wrong side of the gate. Then, I think that just made me a little out there for that compression, but I made it to the finish.
I know I can ski really fast and I'm doing really well in training right now, too. I just want to have a great run and I want that gold medal! So, that's kind of what I'm working on. Of course, I'm happy with a third but I want to get the gold.
Alex Hoedlmoeser, Women's Head Coach It was amazing how Julia attacked the course knowing that Lindsey had been hurt. She is an amazing professional. No matter what the conditions, she prepares herself for the race and today was a great example. It's a real credit to her tenacity and ability to adjust to the challenge.