Julia Mancuso shares her top picks for the Raptor downhill
The Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships might still be some seven months away, but it’s never too early for skiers to start thinking about who will be the ones to beat at the biggest event of the upcoming season.
Julia Mancuso may be one of the top contenders for gold but the four-time Olympic medalist is well aware of her competition and she shared who she thinks will be the ones to watch out for in February.
Check out below her top picks to contend for the Raptor downhill podium and what she considers their strongest assets!
Lara Gut (SUI) - She is a technical risk taker and this is just her kind of hill. She proved she could ski this hill fast in last years World Cup test events and will be tough again.
Anna Fenninger (AUT) - Anna is coming off a strong season she will be gunning for medals in Beaver Creek. Her technical skills are also in the favor of this hill.
Lindsey Vonn (USA) - Lindsey will be looking for her home hill comeback after a couple of unlucky seasons off. She has the skills and the will power to leave it all on the hill.
Tina Weirather (LIE) – She skis great technically and on the gliding turns, so she will be able to pick up any time lost on the steep pitch. She also missed the Olympics so like Lindsey, will be extra motivated to lay down a fast run.
USA Girls - We will only have four starting spots, but you always have to root on your hometown heroes! We get to train on the hill before hand so all the U.S. ladies will have a good shot at doing well on the Raptor. In addition to Lindsey, Laurenne Ross, Stacey Cook, Jackie Wiles, Leanne Smith and Alice Mckennis will be in the hunt for a start. And of course, I will be gunning for them all!!!
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