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Jim Urquhart, Associated Press
Julia Mancuso, of the United States, makes her run during the women's super-G skiing event during the U.S. Alpine Championships Friday, March 30, 2012, in Winter Park, Colo. Mancuso finished first in the event.

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Julia Mancuso flew through the sun-splashed course, conquering the soft snow to defend her super-G title at U.S. championships.

The Olympic gold medalist finished in a time of 1 minute, 10.38 seconds on Friday, beating Leanne Smith by 1.2 seconds. Laurenne Ross was third.

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Mancuso of Squaw Valley, Calif., was coming off a stellar World Cup season in which she won two events and finished on the podium in another four races. She was fourth in the overall competition, finishing 960 points behind teammate Lindsey Vonn, who ran away from everyone.

The men's super-G race is scheduled for Friday afternoon on snow that's been reduced to the consistency of mashed potatoes given the warm temperatures. Tommy Ford is the favorite to defend his title. He won the slalom on Thursday.