Nothing super about this SG for Mancuso |

Nothing super about this SG for Mancuso

Shauna Farnell
Associated PressJulia Mancuso of the United States takes a jump during the Women's Super-G at the Winter Olympic Games in San Sicario Fraiteve, Italy, Monday.

SAN SICARIO, Italy – After almost a foot of snow fell between the scheduled time of the women’s Olympic super-G on Sunday and the actual running of the event on Monday, followed by a morning of beaming sunshine, Julia Mancuso said the final product wasn’t unlike Sierra snow.

Mancuso finished 11th in Monday’s super-G, which she found to be much slower and smoother than she would have liked.

“It’s a tough combination of the snow and there being no place to really pick up speed,” she said. “I thought I had a good run. On a hill like this, it’s so flat, the line between going straight and overskiing is so thin because if you go through straight, you lose even more time because you’re grinding at the bottom of the turn.”

Mancuso still has Friday’s giant slalom to look forward to, and while her seventh place in downhill and ninth in combined were the top results for the U.S. women, she wished the super-G had offered something more her style.

“The snow conditions made it a little difficult,” she said. “I would have liked better snow and better conditions. It suits me a little better to be more technical and hard.”

Like the other alpine ski disciplines, super-G requires a special kind of skier. The big difference in this speed event from downhill, combined and the technical events is that racers aren’t allowed to train on the course, and only get an hour-and-a-half to inspect it.

“It’s pretty fun, I think, in that way,” Mancuso said. “It takes a lot of focus and inspection to know exactly where you’re going. But a lot of time, it’s more natural, because you have to go with what you get.”

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