Slovenia’s Tina Maze Extends World Cup Lead at St. Moritz; Vonn, Cook Skis Out Of Slalom
Flat light in St. Moritz, Switzerland failed to bother Slovenia’s Tina Maze as she pulled off a super combined victory Friday. It was her third win of the season. Austrians Nicole Hosp and Kathryn Zettel finished second and third.
American Lindsey Vonn stood fourth after the opening leg of super G, but skied out in the slalom portion of the combined event. She dropped to fourth place overall behind Maze in the overall standings.
Top U.S. finisher was Julia Mancuso in 11th place. She was in fifth spot after the super G, but slipped to 11th after a 23rd place finish in the slalom. Stacey Cook, who had pulled off two second place finishes on the podium a week earlier in Canada, also went out in the slalom.
“The light was incredibly tough,” said U.S. Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser, “but Lindsey and Julia had pretty good super G runs even with a few mistakes. The women return Saturday with another super G, finishing with a slalom Sunday.
In other competition news, the Dec. 21-22 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Park City has been postponed until Feb. 1-2 “to ensure the highest quality halfpipe for skiing and snowboarding athletes.” The event includes International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cups for both halfpipe skiing and snowboarding events featuring top Olympic contenders. American Nick Baumgartner battled his way to third place in the first FIS World Cup snowboard cross event at Montafon, Austria.
Photo: Tina Maze (Giovanni Auletta/AP)