Mancuso Seventh at World Cup Training Session

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Anja Paerson of Sweden posted the fastest time Friday in the final World Cup downhill training session, while Lindsey Vonn of the United States finished 13th.

Paerson, the downhill world champion, went down the 1.83-mile
Kaelberloch course in 1 minute, 48.14 seconds.

American Julia Mancuso was among the fastest starters. 1.10
seconds back in seventh. Defending downhill and overall champion
Vonn came 13th, but she didn't use her race skis in the training
run.

"I don't want to show everything I've got in training," Vonn
said. "I still have 20 percent more to give. Today was not a race,
so the result and who wins or not doesn't matter."

Paerson was followed by three Austrians: Andrea Fischbacher,
Elisabeth Goergl and Renate Goetschl.

Paerson said she didn't push it to the limits.

"I can still go half a second, maybe a whole second, faster,"
she said.

Maria Riesch of Germany, who leads the overall standings, was
11th.

Mancuso won a super-combined race in Austria two years ago to
lead an American 1-2-4 finish - the best ever result for the United
States in the World Cup.

"I recall that race well," Mancuso said. "I love to come
here, the course is fantastic."

Mancuso missed a lot of training in the fall because of a sore
back, and her best result so far this season was sixth at the giant
slalom last month in Semmering, Austria.

"It would be so great to get back to winning again," said
Mancuso, whose last win was in March 2007 in Tarvisio, Italy. "I
am feeling well now, I am happy with my equipment, so it all comes
down to chasing it in the races."

Vonn, who won the only previous downhill race this season in
Lake Louise, Canada, plans to attack in the downhill leg of
Saturday's super-combined.

"I need a good downhill, so I don't have to take too many risks
in the slalom," Vonn said. "I guess it's going to be a tough
fight with Anja and Maria."

Riesch, who used to favor the speed events, won four straight
slalom races this season. During her first downhill training run
Thursday, she lost a ski pole.

"I am not dissatisfied, but I can go a lot faster for sure,"
she said.

The World Cup event included a super-combined race on Saturday,
followed by a downhill on Sunday.


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