Stacey Cook has proven she’s one of the top downhillers in the world, but watch out; she’s picking up the pace in super G just in time for the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
The weather finally lifted in Bansko, after a weekend of delays and cancelations due to heavy fog. In a sun-drenched, technically set super G, Lindsey Vonn grabbed third place. Podium regulars Anna Fenninger of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia went 1-2.
There was a lot riding on the results from the women’s downhill training runs on Thursday afternoon in Beaver Creek. With it all said and done, the U.S. Ski Team will send Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook into Friday’s downhill.
The 2015 World Championships began Tuesday with the women’s super G in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. In front of her hometown fans, Lindsey Vonn skied her way to a podium spot, taking the bronze medal. All four American starters finished in the top 15.
A stack lineup of women racers representing the U.S. Ski Team will slide into the start gate on Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST. Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross will all be gunning for a World Champs podium.
Three U.S. women will contend for two remaining start positions for Friday's women's downhill. Training opens Monday on Raptor.
Lindsey Vonn will take her 64th Audi FIS Ski World Cup to Vail, winning the St. Moritz super G in the final women's event before the World Championships open next week.
Mother nature won again Saturday, dumping heavy snow on the Dolomites and forcing cancelation of the scheduled Audi FIS Ski World Cup for the women.
Laurenne Ross just missed the podium, starting first and finishing fourth in the first of two Cortina downhills. Julia Mancuso was eighth, Lindsey Vonn tenth.
The women’s speed team looked strong in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, with Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso going 1-2 in the first and only downhill training run.
For the second day in a row, high winds wreaked havoc on the Bad Kleinkirchheim venue forcing cancelation of the women's super G after 11 racers.
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A California girl, Stacey Cook moved to Mammoth Mountain just as the United States was lighting the 2002 Olympic Torch. It took her all of two years to win the NorAm overall and downhill titles and two more to land on her first Olympic Team.
Cook capped the 2014 season with her first trip to World Cup Finals for two different disciplines. She’d been there before for downhill, but added super G to her resume and finished an impressive 15th in the discipline standings.
Even though Cook led the U.S. women with the team’s best speed results, it wasn’t what she was looking for in a season. She has already started planning a return to the podium in 2015. Perhaps it will be at the February 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek, where Cook again trained in March. Helping her make that step will be a brand-new speed Head Coach, Stef Abplanalp, who is coming off very successful seasons with the Swiss and Norwegian speed teams.
It doesn’t help to dwell on that stuff though. A good athlete will analyze it for a short period and then move on. I’ve moved on. Now it’s about bringing the same intensity and desire to ski fast into next season and about getting some revenge on Beaver Creek. I won a training run there and have trained on the hill a good bit, so I know what I have to do to be fast when we get back there for World Champs.
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