- Alpine Skiing
Mixed bag for U.S. as Weirather wins St. Moritz SG
Back in Europe, the U.S. women’s speed team earned, at best, a mixed bag of results in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Dec. 14.
Stacey Cook led the American contingent in 16th place in the third super-G of the World Cup season, nearly two seconds behind winner Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Swede Kajsa Kling was second, followed by Austrian Anna Fenninger.
Smith failed to finish the course.
Embedded owg_slideshow: Spotlight: Tina Weirather
Cook, who was fourth in last season’s downhill standings, posted her best World Cup super-G result since March 13, 2008. She was 18th in Sunday’s Lake Louise super-G.
Julia Mancuso, who was one of the world’s top three super-G skiers the last three seasons, continued her early season struggles by finishing 20th. Her results in eight overall races this season: 27, 20, 29, DNF, 26, 21, 17, 20.
Laurenne Ross recorded a run that would have put her outside the top 30, but she was disqualified.
Meanwhile, Weirather, 24, continued her ascent in speed events with her second career World Cup win. She’s now made the podium in four of the last five World Cup races and has posted no worse than the fifth fastest time in the seven races she has finished this season.
Weirather moved up to second in the World Cup overall standings behind Swiss Lara Gut, who finished seventh Saturday, and is looking like a medal contender in at least downhill and super-G at the Olympics.
The women’s Alpine World Cup continues with a giant slalom Sunday.
St. Moritz super-G
1. Tina Weirather (LIE) 1:17.38
2. Kajsa Kling (SWE) 1:17.69
3. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 1:17.77
4. Elisabeth Goergl (AUT) 1:18.30
5. Nicole Hosp (AUT) 1:18.35
6. Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN) 1:18.42
7. Lara Gut (SUI) 1:18.50
8. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) 1:18.51
9. Tessa Worley (FRA) 1:18.53
10. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) 1:18.72
16. Stacey Cook (USA) 1:19.12
20. Julia Mancuso (USA) 1:19.30
DQ. Laurenne Ross (USA)
DNF. Leanne Smith (USA)
DNS. Megan McJames (USA)
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