Cook charges to Sochi between Cortina's cliffs

ANDREW DAMPF (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
Cook charges to Sochi between Cortina's cliffs
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Stacey Cook of the United States speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Cook shared the 5th place with Austria's Anna Fenninger. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) -- If the downhill at the Sochi Olympics has anything resembling the Tofane schuss it will be good news for Stacey Cook.

The American finished fifth Saturday in the final downhill before the Sochi Games to match her best result of the season from a day earlier.

Both days, Cook found her speed in the Tofane schuss, a straight and narrow chute between two walls of rock that is the most recognizable feature of the Olympia delle Tofane course.

In Friday's downhill, the start was cut off due to overnight snowfall, meaning racers went immediately into the schuss. On Saturday, the full course was used, with skiers sweeping around a right turn then over a jump into the steep chute.

Cook clocked 133.4 kph (82.9 mph) Saturday in the chute.