Mancuso leads Cortina downhill training

22 January 2014 11:42
Julia Mancuso - Cortina d'Ampezzo
Julia Mancuso - Cortina d'Ampezzo -
Agence Zoom

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy - Amazing weather today in the Dolomites as forecast. Cold temperatures overnight allowed the 55 racers to train on a perfect “Olimpia Delle Tofane” piste. 8Th in the only downhill training run of last week, USA's Mancuso is getting stronger as the Olympics are just around the corner. The Californian skier clocked the best time of today's training in 1:38.87. Not far behind came Italy's Johanna Schnarf, just 0.06 seconds off the pace, while winner of last week's training Maria Höfl-Riesch took 3rd, 0.29 seconds adrift.

With a 12th place in St.Moritz giant slalom as her season best, Julia Mancuso has had an unusual season so far, but seems now to be back on track.

“It was a great run, so I hope to take it into the race,” said the 29-year-old. “My run wasn't perfect everywhere, but I was really going for it. My confidence it definitely getting better and better. Even though we have had cancelled races, I have been spending a lot of time on my boots skiing. That's the most important for me to feel really comfortable and confident on my equipment. I've just been able to free ski around. I've put in the hours I needed, so it feels good.”

Current leader in the downhill standings, Maria Höfl-Riesch has already won two downhills this World Cup season and could equal her personal best from 2010/11 on Friday in the first of the two downhill races scheduled this week.

The action goes on tomorrow with the first super-G race of the week, starting at 10:15 CET.

Here are the full results of the day.