Best of the rest: Maria Hoefl-Riesch (Germany), Tina Maze (Slovenia), Lara Gut (Switzerland).
U.S. chances to medal: The injury to defending Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn opens it up for Mancuso, who won silver behind Vonn in Vancouver. Mancuso has only seven career World Cup wins to Vonn's 59 but is a big-stage performer with three Olympic medals — one gold, two silver.
Little-known fact: Most racers in the finish area conceded the 2010 downhill gold to Mancuso after she scorched her run from the No. 10 position, only to be outdone by teammate Vonn from the No. 16 position.