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American Julia Mancuso Ups Her Game As Sochi Nears

Julia MancusoOlympic gold medalist Julie Mancuso from Squaw Valley, Calif. continues to pick up the pace just a few weeks before she heads to Sochi. Mancuso, gold medalist in giant slalom (2006) and silver medalist in downhill and combined (2010), finished seventh in an Audi FIS World Cup super G Thursday at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

“Things are going in  the right direction and I know I have a lot more in me,” Mancuso said. “Training has bern going really well and racing is getting better, so I’m getting there just in time for the Olympics.” Austria’s Elizabeth Goergl won the race.

Others on the women’s speed squad are also adding to the good news for American women. Stacey Cook from Mammoth Mountain, Calif. was ninth – her best super G result since 2007. Leanne Smith from Julia Ford from N.H. and Laurenne Ross of Bend, Ore. are improving.

U.S. Coach Chip Smith said he knows that “great results are going to come again because we have a lot of talent in our group. He said it was unfortunate they won’t have Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis (injuries) at Sochi, but “everybody is starting to step it up.”

The super G was the start of four consecutive days of speed racing at Cortina. Downhills are set for Friday and Saturday with another super G on Sunday.

Photo: Julia Mancuso in 2013 downhill in Austria (USST)

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