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Lindsey Vonn crashes in women's giant slalom

February 24, 2010 | 10:32 am

American Lindsey Vonn crashed in her first run of the morning giant slalom and slammed hard into a retaining net but appeared to have avoided serious injury.

Vonn, who has won two medals in the Olympics, was not a favorite in the GS. It is the only World Cup event she has never won. Vonn, in fact, has never finished in the top three.

Vonn was skiing from the No. 17 start position. Julia Mancuso, the defending Olympic champion in GS, drew the No. 18 bib and was held up on the course after Vonn crashed in snowy and foggy conditions.

“The course is breaking up at the bottom.  I got a little bit too inside and lost my outside ski,"  Vonn said. "My knee came up and hit my chin.  I got all tangled up and hit the fence.  I hurt my finger (pinkie) and need to get it x-rayed.”

-- Chris Dufresne, from Whistler

Photo: Vonn crashes in the women's giant slalom on Wednesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times