Mancuso takes US giant slalom title

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WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Julia Mancuso won the giant slalom in the U.S. alpine skiing championships on Tuesday, becoming the most accomplished skier at nationals and taking her fourth title in the discipline.

Mancuso beat Laurenne Ross, of Klamath Falls, Ore., finishing in 2 minutes, 7.52 seconds to take her 11th national title in all. That moved her ahead of Andrea Mead Lawrence for the most titles of any American and broke a record that stood for 55 years.

Sweden’s Malin Hemmingsson, a senior at the University of New Mexico and winner of three NCAA slalom championships, was third in 2:08.25.

“The surface was really good after they put all that work in this morning,” said Mancuso, who won two silver medals at the Vancouver Olympics. “The course wasn’t too bad. … Just the moisture stuck to your goggles a little bit.”

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U.S. downhill champion Leanne Smith, of Conway, N.H., placed fourth.

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