Julia Mancuso’s Comeback Year: Downhill Gold at FIS Alpine World Cup Finals & More


Universal Sports/ Giovanni Auletta/ Associated Press

Just over a year ago Julia Mancuso made her comeback on the stage of all stages: the Winter Olympic Games. Leaving Vancouver with two silver medals, she went on to Alpine World Cup bronze, as well as wildcard bronze at the Freeride World Tour Closer.

Her climb back to the top continued this season with a World Championship silver in Super G, and multiple trips to the World Cup podium particularly in Downhill and Super G.

To top it all off she had a fantastic golden run for Downhill at the World Cup Finals in Lezerheide (1 minute 27.50 seconds), with a third place overall discipline finish. She is up from fifth last season.

Hence the bottom-of-the-hill celebration above!

Universal Sports

The  World Cup Final gold was her fifth career win on the tour. Mancuso wrote, “It’s so great to win… It’s been four years, and only my fifth World Cup victory ever, so standing on the podium felt awesome!” and “Lindsey won the DH title for the year, and I finish 3rd! It’s been great to finish so consistent, and that also makes our US team the winner in the team downhill points too!”

Pretty awesome stuff.

Mancuso finished .81 (which, as the Olympics taught Jimmy Fallon, is like, totally a lot) ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut;  Elisabeth Goergl of Germany came in third.

Gut, Mancuso, Goergl/ Universal Sports/ Giovanni Auletta/ Associated Press

Mancuso’s third place ranking overall for Downhill came after silver at Cortina d’Ampezzo and fourth at Lake Louise. Lindsey Vonn took the title; Maria Riesch came in second.

Riesch, Vonn, Mancuso/ Kiyoko Kipo Press CH

Mancuso also had a great season for Super G, claiming third overall for that disciple as well after taking bronze at Lake Louise, fourth at Cortina D’Ampezzo, silver at the Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bronze at Are, and silver at Tarvisio.

The Super G race scheduled for the Finals was canceled due to weather. As per FIS guidelines canceled races are not rescheduled—hence all the Vonn-Riesch drama that resulted from two canceled races last week.

And drumroll…

After all this season’s hard work, Mancuso finished overall—across all disciplines—in fifth place behind Riesch, Vonn, Tina Maze and Goergl.

Congratulations on a great season Julia!

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Also, now would be a great time for the snow to stop and for the weather to behave and be warm and spring-like.

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