CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Showing signs of a big jump in form just in time for the Sochi Olympics, American skier Julia Mancuso led downhill training Wednesday ahead of four days of World Cup racing.
Mancuso, whose best finish this season in any event was 12th, clocked 1 minute, 38.87 seconds down the sunny Olympia delle Tofane course.
Johanna Schnarf of Italy was second, 0.06 seconds behind, and overall leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch was third, 0.29 behind.
The Cortina schedule calls for super-G races on Thursday and Sunday and downhill races Friday and Saturday.
Mancuso has always saved her best skiing for the Olympics. She won gold in giant slalom at the 2006 Turin Games and took silver in downhill and super-combined at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
The Sochi Games open Feb. 7.