Julia Mancuso Wins Final Downhill, Lindsey Vonn Regains Overall Lead in World Cup Standings

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) topped the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill podium Wednesday in Lenzerheide for her first World Cup downhill victory in four seasons. Teammate Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was fourth to regain the World Cup overall lead from Germany’s Maria Riesch for the first time since Dec. 27 as Riesch finished outside the points in 17th. The victory hoisted Mancuso to third in the final downhill standings and to fifth in the overall chase with just three races remaining. Mancuso and other members of the World Cup field have pledged to donate 50 percent of their winnings this week to the Japanese earthquake relief effort.

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals
Lenzerheide, Switzerland – March 16. 2011

1. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:27.50
2. Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1:28.31
3. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 1:28.65
4. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:28.88
9. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CO, 1:29.75
16. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:30.62

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&raceid=62358

World Cup Final DownhillStandings
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 657
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 457
3. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 367

Current World Cup Overall Standings
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1,705
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1,678
3. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1,039

For complete standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/alpineskiing/cupstandings.html
Julia Mancuso
“I knew I had to push really hard because I wanted to win. Opportunities like this don’t come around all the time and I took advantage of it.”

Lindsey Vonn
“I’m proud to be in the finals and still be in the hunt considering I was down 200 points only a few weeks ago. No matter what happens this has been one of the most exciting seasons and I’m really happy with the way I skied. I congratulate Maria as well she’s had an amazing season. We’ll see how this week goes and who comes out on top.”