Very quiet since the beginning of the season, Julia Mancuso had the best time of the descent of the super-combined Olympic Games in Sochi. Without any Prodium far, the Olympic vice-champion of the discipline has relegated its first rival to nearly half a second.
In great shape since the beginning of the season (five wins in World Cup), Lara Gut performs the second time in 47/100. Behind the hole is made with Tina Maze 0 “86, Anna Fenninger 0” 99 and Maria Riesch Hofl-1 “04.
Julia Mancuso has not seen any podium since the beginning of the season. But it is ideally placed to take in the Olympic super-combined. Even if it is not a slalom specialist, half a second ahead it has on Lara Gut, other non-slalom specialist, after the descent of the competition, leaving him a nice mattress . In addition, other rivals are even further, as Tina Maze, more efficient between the posts (3 wins slalom World Cup and 3 also super combined), but that is returned 8/10, or Maria Höfl -Riesch, more than one second.
Defending champion, Germany’s thought that the absence of its traditional rival, Lindsey Vonn, would open doors more easily medals. It seems that another American, who finished behind Hofl-Riesch in super-combined in Vancouver, has decided to complicate the task. With more than a second behind the overall leader of the World Cup, winning three runs this season, will have to find its great sensations in slalom to retain his crown in super-combined.
At 29, Julia Mancuso has all the cards to win a second gold medal, eight years after the giant slalom in Turin. And having won silver in downhill and super-combined in Vancouver in 2010, the same metal super-combined at the world of Are in 2007, the specialist wants to cross walking speed after the slalom will begin at 12am. His lead may melt like snow in the sun when huge performance Maze and Hofl-Riesch. But the daughter of Nevada is a regular major events. Since 2005, she has always won at least one medal in each global competition (OJ or World), except once at the World Val d’Isere in 2009. “The snow is softer than yesterday (during training), so it is more difficult to know what will be your result. Participate I love games and I stored a lot of energy looking the men’s downhill yesterday, “said the skier from Squaw Valley.