Mancuso finished seventh in Thursday’s super-G and now has two consecutive top-10 results after failing to break into the top 10 previously this season.
“Now it’s just a matter of having that run where everything comes together, and I’m feeling positive it will come soon,” Mancuso said.
Last season, every member of the speed team reached the podium.
“We’re getting close,” Cook said. “Best-ever seasons are hard to repeat, especially when we’re down two of our best teammates. Lindsey obviously takes a lot of pressure off the rest of us and Alice (McKennis, who is also injured) is a support system that we all rely on.”
Another downhill is scheduled for Saturday, followed by a super-G on Sunday to round out four consecutive days of racing
The 21-year-old Wiles is enjoying the repetition, too. As a rookie, all of the courses in Europe are new to her.
“So there’s a lot of nerves,” said Wiles, who was 12th in training. “That’s been quite an experience. But I think I’m doing well with it, and I’m trying to keep my nerves under control and do the best that I can.”
Usually, racers take a few years to study courses before they can really attack. Not Wiles.
“That’s pretty amazing,” Hoedlmoser said. “Because it’s not an easy downhill.”
Already two-time U.S. downhill champion, Wiles‘ chances of being selected to the Olympic team just got a big boost.
When Vonn announced this month that she would not race in Sochi, she noted that it would open up a spot for one of her teammates.
That could be Wiles.
“Yeah, that’s exciting,” Wiles said. “We’ll see. I’ll have to keep pushing hard.”