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Without Vonn, US speed team needs to find top gear

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ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria -

Less than five weeks before the Sochi Olympics downhill, the U.S. women's Alpine ski team is still trying to click into gear.

Going into Saturday's World Cup race in Austria, the team is looking for its first top-10 result of the season - a sharp contrast to last year, when six American speed skiers reached the podium at least once.

Coach Alex Hoedlmoser says "we know why we are not there yet. We targeted those areas and it's going to be better."

Julia Mancuso, runner-up to teammate Lindsey Vonn in the 2010 Olympic downhill, says they're missing Vonn not just for her results but also for inspiration.

Mancuso says, "Lindsey is so consistent, so knowing that someone from the U.S. team will always be good, helps the team ... I am sure we are missing that a little."

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