LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- Julia Mancuso has waited four years to hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" played for her after an international ski race.
Mancuso blazed down a steep and twisting Swiss course Wednesday to win the final World Cup downhill of the season. The native of Squaw Valley, Calif., tells The Associated Press that "emotionally it's awesome" hearing the anthem.
Mancuso's last win came in March 2007 in Tarvisio, Italy. Since then, she's often looked up at teammate Lindsey Vonn standing on the podium top step.
She jokes that "I hear the anthem a lot because Lindsey wins all the time. It takes a minute to be like, 'Oh, this is for me!' So that's cool."
Vonn (Vail, CO) was fourth to regain the World Cup overall lead from Germany's Maria Riesch for the first time since Dec. 27 as Riesch finished outside the points in 17th.
The victory hoisted Mancuso to third in the final downhill standings and to fifth in the overall chase with just three races remaining. Mancuso and other members of the World Cup field have pledged to donate 50 percent of their winnings this week to the Japanese earthquake relief effort.