Lalive continues recovery in Italian super-G |

Lalive continues recovery in Italian super-G

Daily News Staff Report
Canada's Genevieve Simard tears down the course during a World Cup super-G in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Wednesday. Simard won the race.

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Caroline Lalive of Steamboat Springs continued to rebound from ligament damage and leg injuries late last season and finished fourth Wednesday in a World Cup super-G.

Canadian Genevieve Simard was the surprise winner, with Lalive leading two Americans into the top 10. Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif., tied for 10th as the women started a four-races-in-five-days schedule in Cortina.

Simard, whose best previous result had been third in a giant slalom in Berchtesgaden, Germany, two years ago, and who was sixth Sunday in a super-G in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, was timed in 1 minute, 13.05 seconds.

Germany’s Maria Riesch was second in 1:13.70.

Lalive, who had a horrendous crash March 1 in a downhill outside Innsbruck, finished in 1:13.90 with Mancuso’s time 1:14.42. It was the second top 5 in less than a week for Lalive in a speed event; she was fifth Saturday in a downhill in Veysonnaz.

“It felt great,” Lalive said. “The course was on the fast side. I’ve been trying to approach racing lately with the thought of focusing on the skiing and just the technical things I want to work on, and then the results will follow. I keep reminding myself of that.”

In addition, in a race rescheduled because of poor weather before Christmas in St. Moritz, Switzerland, American Kirsten Clark finished 16th with Libby Ludlow in 24th.

“I’m smiling a little bit, especially for Caroline,” U.S. head coach Patrick Riml said. “She said the other day she wanted to keep skiing like she’s been doing in training, keeping it simple and staying relaxed.”

The schedule calls for a training run today with another super-G Friday and downhills on Saturday and Sunday.

The race is available for online viewing at

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