Mancuso wins World Cup bronze at Aspen Mountain

By Real Aspen
Real AspenNovember 26, 2011
For the first time in seven years, Julia Mancuso stood atop a World Cup podium on U.S. snow.

The 27-year-old California native's two hard-charging runs down Aspen Mountain were enough to place third behind German ski racer Viktoria Rebensburg, who won the giant slalom.

It was a sunny day at Aspen Mountain, which boasted exceptional racing conditions thanks to storms earlier this month that dumped an ample amount of snow for course officials to sculpt. In other years, there's been just enough snow by Thanksgiving to get the course set just in the nick of time. The bluebird conditions during the first run gave way to shadows in the second run that upped the ante for racers taking on the challenging 46-gate course.

“For me this is the most difficult giant slalom on the World Cup, but the piste was perfect and the course suits my style,” Rebensburg said.

It was the German racer's fourth career World Cup victory. Rebensburg was thirty-three one-hundredths of a second faster than Austria's Elisabeth Goergl, who placed second.

“I think I skied better the first run, I made some mistakes second run but it was a really tough course and you never really know what the other skiers are going to do or what mistakes they're going to make,” Mancuso told reporters after the race. “I'm just really psyched my GS has been training really well. I haven't been on the podium for GS in a long time so it feels really good to be right in there. I'm hoping to keep that going for the rest of the season.”

Julia Mancuso slashes through the gates on Aspen Mountain.
Jeremy Swanson
Aspen Skiing Company
Elisabeth Goergl, Viktoria Rebensburg and Julia Mancuso
Andrew Israel

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