The ladies World Cup Tour stops in Cortina d’Ampezza, a favorite of most of the speed girls (mine too). There were a bunch of Shred girls who did very will including US Ski Team’s Leanne Smith who finished with a great 8th place and Laurenne Ross at 19, and the French insurgence Margot Bailet at spot 29 (started with bib 53!).

Really good stuff.

Leanne was quoted as saying:

“It’s been a long time where I thought I could be able to do this. I had a good inspection and a good feeling about today. It was course that was set to my abilities so I just tried to lay it down and put it all on the line and I think I did that. I’m pretty excited about how I ended up.”

“I like the Dolomites a lot and the town. The hill is so much fun – it’s one of my favorites on the Tour. The weather was fine you could see better today then you could in the last couple of training runs. So I was going to take advantage of it. My last super G in Altenmarkt [Zauchensee, Austria] I was skiing well pretty, but pretty frustrated with how I ended up. I really wanted to go out there today and start the weekend off on a good note.”

Here were the official standings:

On a more heavy note, Austrian skier Has Grubber appears to be seriously hurt in a Kitzbuehel downhill training run. Our hearts and prayers go out to him at this moment.

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