The super-G primer: We love Julia, too |

The super-G primer: We love Julia, too

Small-town sports editors get a lot of feedback.

And here are two of the biggest complaints:

“You should cover Whatever Middle School basketball because my kid’s the next Jordan.”

That one annoys me because with as many Jordans as have been coming through the ranks, we should have awesome high school teams in all sports. But the following one is true:

“You should cover Julia Mancuso more.”

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Yes, we go a little overboard when it comes to Lindsey Vonn, and we’ve done so this week with the surprising debut of women’s super-G today at 10:30 a.m. at Birds of Prey. (People, it’s kind of hard not to, given that she did spend her formative training years here.)

So now a little love for Jules.

Mancuso’s reputation is all about being clutch. If it’s a big race, she rises to the occasion. She struck gold during the Torino Olympics in 2006 in the giant slalom. She also owns to silver medals from Vancouver in downhill and super-combined.

Worlds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen? Silver in the super-G, one of four medals she has from the World Alpine Ski Championships.

Mancuso’s a veteran of the circuit – she scored her first points back in 1999 – and she seems to be getting better with age. She won on tour Lenzerheide, Switzerland, last year in downhill, as well as five podiums in the last calendar year. Mancuso was third in the Lake Louise, Alberta, super-G.

And since this would be the first speed race on American snow in a few years – Aspen used to host those event – consider today a big day, and, thus, keep your eye on Mancuso.

The lowdown on today’s super-G:

Weather: Much better. We’re looking at a balmy 34 degrees. Break out the sun-tan lotion after the last three days.

Look out in the super-G: This is a good question as the ladies are running this course for the first time. The start is lower than the men’s one, and Golden Eagle Jump is out, much to Vonn’s disappointment. It still should be a pretty steep slope with drama, and you’ll be watching with us.

Americans (bib number): Stacey Cook (1), Vonn (17), Mancuso (21), Brooke Wales (37), Julia Ford (45), Alice McKennis (46), Kiley Staples (47), Chelsea Marshal (52)

Favorites: Hmm, let’s think on this … Vonn? She’s pretty good. Not that we would ever endorse betting, but there’s no way one could find even money for Lindsey. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (16), Mancuso and Lara Gut (19) are in this category.

Dark horses: Anja Paerson (20), Dominique Gisin (13), Anna Fenninger (18) and Nicole Hosp (8).

Staff picks (please no wagering):

Lauren Glendenning and Chris Freud both go with Vonn.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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