CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy -- The U.S. Ski Team's 1-2 punch of Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso dominated the premiere stop on the women's World Cup tour for the third straight season.
The Americans were awarded the Cortina Super Ski Trophy following Vonn's downhill victory Saturday and Mancuso's runner-up finish in Sunday's super-G.
"Americans are totally dominating Cortina," Vonn said Monday.
"It's pretty sweet to see."
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Vonn posted the first podium finish of her career in Cortina four years ago and Mancuso, an Olympic Valley resident whose grandparents Ciro and Velma live in Patterson, has finished in the top three six times over the past three seasons.
"We like Cortina," Mancuso said. "It's always fun to come here. The beautiful scenery inspires people to do beautiful things."
Norm Chow, who tutored a pair of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at Southern California, is returning as offensive coordinator at crosstown rival UCLA. The 61-year-old Chow said he enjoyed working at USC, where one of his sons graduated and another is still in school. "It's a unique place and obviously Pete (Carroll) has done a great job. We'll still have that same respect -- except for Saturday afternoon," Chow said Monday during a conference call. ... Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge and Auburn tight end Cole Bennett were added to the South roster for Saturday's Senior Bowl, an audition for top senior NFL prospects.
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