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Germany's Maria Riesch wins gold in women's slalom

February 26, 2010 |  2:57 pm


Maria Riesch of Germany won the slalom title for her second gold medal of the Winter Olympics on Friday, as Lindsey Vonn skied out chasing her second victory.

 Riesch led after the first leg and had a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 42.89 seconds through the snow and fog on Friday.

Marlies Schild of Austria was 0.43 seconds back to take silver, adding to her bronze in the same event at the 2006 Turin Games.

Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic trailed by 1.01 to get bronze.

Sarah Schleper of the U.S., ninth after the morning run, finished 16th.

 Downhill champion Vonn straddled a gate early in her first run and did not finish for the third time in five races.

In the morning run, Vonn could not correct her line after her right, outside ski slid away coming out of a left-hand turn.

 “I went out there fighting and it just wasn't my day,” Vonn said. “I'm totally satisfied with everything I have done here. I have the gold medal I came here for.”

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Maria Riesch reacts after completing her second run. Credit: Sergey Ponomarev / Associated Press.