Julia Mancuso was second Friday in the first of two SG races in Garmisch to firmly plant herself in the SG title chase (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (March 1) - World Championship super G bronze medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) solidified herself as a contender for the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G title after tying for second Friday with overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia. Mancuso sits 65 points behind Maze in the title chase with two super G races remaining on the calendar, including a second on Sunday in Garmisch where Mancuso will be going for her fourth straight super G podium at the German resort. Tina Weirather won to become only the second woman from Lichtenstein to claim a World Cup victory since her mother won Hanni Wenzel in 1984.
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) tied with Slovenian Tina Maze for second in a sun-soaked Garmisch super G.
The result plants Mancuso 65 points behind Maze in the super G title chase with two super G races remaining on the calendar.
Tina Weirather won to become only the second woman from Lichtenstein to win a World Cup since her mother in 1984.
With 14 career super G podiums, Mancuso is tied for 10th on the women's all-time super G podium list with Austrian Anita Wachter.
U.S. women continued to lead the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G nation's standings 810-765 over Austria.
A downhill is on tap Saturday in Garmisch followed by a second super G on Sunday.
Universal Sports Network will broadcast the race at 9 a.m. ET.
QUOTES Julia Mancuso I want to win races so I’m going to fight for that first. I feel like in order to get a super G title you should win a race so that’s my first goal. And if I hit that goal, then I should have a good chance at staying in there for the chase.
I can’t control what Tina [Maze] does, so I feel like I need to just keep charging for the win and hope for a little luck on the other end.
I really like Garmisch. It’s a little steeper and more technical than most hills we see all year, so I was pretty happy when I heard they were moving the canceled Val d’Isere race here.
Laurenne was pretty happy with a top 10. It’s always tough running early and she skied with a lot of confidence even though she was one of the early starters. Leanne also skied pretty well. She wants to finish better, but in super G it’s been so tight after the top five. If she’s one hundredth in the other direction, then it’s a top finish for her and she can do that.
It was pretty turny up top, but it’s also flat up there, so you can hold your tuck for a long time, but in general I think it was a pretty technical set. I think they were trying to set something that wasn’t like all of the other super G’s we’ve had this season.