American skiing champion Julia Mancuso, whose three Olympic Alpine medals are more than any other American woman, led after the downhill portion of the Monday’s women’s super combined, covering the 1.69-mile course in 1 minute, 42.68 seconds — .47 seconds faster than Switzerland’s Lara Gut, a speed-racing specialist who placed second Monday morning.

Barry Svrluga has updates on the slalom portion of the race from the mixed zone:

Maria Hoefl-Riesch has taken lead over Austria’s Nicole Hosp. Riesch is 2:34.62 combined time, .40 lead. Four skiers to Mancuso. Mancuso began run with a 1.04-second lead over Riesch.

“I was just thinking, ‘Stay calm, and ski with my heart,’” Mancuso said. “And I skied my heart out. That was really tough. It was a really difficult slalom run. I just had to give my best shot.”


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