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McKennis Leads Dominant USA with Win

by
Tom Kelly
2013-01-12 05:33
 

ST. ANTON, Austria (Jan. 12) - Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) came out of the number four start position to pickup a career first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win in a challenging downhill in St. Anton. McKennis led three Americans into the top six - five in the first 15 - on a dominating day for the U.S. Ski Team, becoming the ninth American to find the podium this season and the fifth winner. McKennis moved into fourth in the downhill standings, with three Americans in the top four. Action continues in St. Anton Sunday with a super G.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) took a career first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victory in the downhill in St. Anton.
  • McKennis led three Americans into the top six with Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) a career best downhill fifth and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) returning to action in sixth.
  • Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) tied for 15th in a dominating day for the U.S. Ski Team. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was 22nd.
  • The number one speed team in the World Cup, the U.S. women now hold three of the top four spots in the Audi FIS World Cup standings. Vonn continues to lead with Cook second and McKennis moving up to fourth.
  • McKennis' father, Greg, was in the stands to celebrate her first World Cup win. McKennis grew up on a ranch near Glenwood Springs, learning to ski race at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
  • Action continues Sunday with a super G
  • Universal Sports TV will show same-day coverage at 9 p.m. EST.

QUOTES
Alice McKennis
It's totally shocking for me. I had hoped to be top ten. I skied as hard as I could and it turned out alright. I had one of the best runs I've ever had. I've never been here before but I knew what I had to do. It's a really tough course. I had to be really aggressive the whole way and never back off. If you do, it will take control of you.

I'm a little overwhelmed but extremely happy. It's a dream come true - something you think about as a little kid growing up.
 
It's been exciting especially watching the men's team get back up there, and Ted winning today and Mikaela - she's incredible. We're doing well.
Laurenne Ross
It was a bit soft - it snowed a lot - but they did a good preparing it. It was definitely a different world from the training run.
 
We're all really supportive of each other and we all get along really well - there's such a good dynamic between us. It's so cool when someone you train with every day and are neck and neck with does well - it's nice to  know you can be in there too.

Lindsey Vonn
The strength of our team has been really fun to watch - the whole team, Alice winning today and Laurenne. It makes me proud to be a part of a great bunch of girls. For me, I'm just happy to be back. It was definitely tough conditions. The course workers did a great job - I almost didn't think it was possible to run today. I made some mistakes but I felt good and I felt my skiing was where it should be.

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