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Final run of women's giant slalom postponed until Thursday; Lindsey Vonn crashes in first run

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Elisabeth Goergl of Austria holds the lead after Wednesday's opening run of the Olympic giant slalom, while American Lindsey Vonn crashed and injured her right pinkie. The second run, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, was postponed until Thursday because of poor visibility and weather conditions.

Goergl finished in 1 minute, 15.12 seconds. Taina Barioz of France was only 0.02 seconds behind, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 0.16 back.

Vonn lost control around a right turn in the middle section of the course, got twisted around, landed hard on her left hip and crashed backward into the safety netting.

Defending champion Julia Mancuso's first run was interrupted by Vonn's crash. Mancuso was brought back up for another try and placed 18th, 1.3 seconds behind Goergl.

“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 [right pinkie] and need to get it X-rayed.”

X-ray showed that Vonn broke her pinkie, putting her status for Friday's slalom in doubt.

The sometimes contentious rivalry between Vonn and Mancuso took a bizarre twist Wednesday after Vonn crashed in the morning run of giant slalom and forced Mancuso to restart her run.

You almost can't make this up. Vonn drew the No. 17 bib for the giant slalom, with Mancuso skiing right behind her. Because of the poor weather conditions, the racers were sent off in one-minute intervals to speed up the event.

Vonn was in the lead and well into her run when Mancuso left the start gate. After Vonn crashed into the netting near the bottom of the course, Mancuso was flagged by a course-side jury member and had to return to the start gate.

Mancuso, the defending Olympic champion in the giant slalom, ended up restarting at No. 31. After her run, Mancuso left the mixed area in tears, without comment.

"I feel terrible," Vonn said. "I hope she understands. I didn't want that to happen for the both of us." Vonn was leading the race by .35 after the third interval when she crashed.

Vonn has won gold and bronze at the Vancouver Games and Mancuso has two silver medals.

Mancuso, after the race, posted to her Twitter account: "That yellow flag in GS was such ... I just want to scream. I'm really miffed. Anyway, gotta take that energy and focus it on second run."

"I know she was disappointed," Vonn said of Mancuso. "I know she's mad and probably frustrated. She's probably mad at me, but I can't help that I fell. I was having a great run. I wish I could have come down and not have her be flagged. That's absolutely not what I wanted, but it happened and it happens in ski racing."

Vonn also said she has been hurt by comments directed at her by Mancuso.

Vonn, Mancuso, Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht made the cover of Sports Illustrated this week for combining to win a U.S.-record eight medals. But there has been an undercurrent of tension.

Mancuso said last week that she wished the rest of the U.S. ski team got more attention. She then told SI.com, "You come to meetings after races and it's like it's a bad day if Lindsey didn't do well."

Vonn's response: "I try to support Julia as much as I support all the other teammates. I've been racing with Julia since I was a little kid and yes, we're competitors, but I always support her. It definitely has hurt me that she has said some negative things about me. All I can do is to continue to support her the way I always have been, and hope that she reciprocates that. I'm always proud that an American is doing well and I was proud of her for being on the podium in downhill and super combined. It just bums me out."

-- Chris Dufresne in Whistler

Photo: Lindsey Vonn crashes. Credit: Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times.


Lindsey Vonn says she's sorry for hurting Julia Mancuso's medal chances

Julia The sometimes contentious rivalry between U.S. skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso took a bizarre twist Wednesday after Vonn crashed in the morning run of giant slalom and forced Mancuso to restart her run.

You almost can't make this up. Vonn drew the No. 17 bib for the giant slalom with Mancuso skiing right behind her. Because of poor weather conditions, the racers were sent off in one-minute intervals to speed up the event.

Vonn was in the lead and well into her run when Mancuso left the start gate. After Vonn crashed into the netting near the bottom of the course, Mancuso was flagged by a course-side jury member and had to return to the start gate.

Mancuso, the defending Olympic champion in the giant slalom, ended up restarting at No. 31 and finished a disappointing 1.30 seconds out of the lead, in 18th place. Mancuso left the mixed area in tears, without comment, after her run. She will race again in the afternoon.

"I feel terrible," Vonn said. "I hope she understands. I didn't want that to happen for the both of us."

Vonn has won gold and bronze at the Vancouver games and Mancuso has two silver medals.

Mancuso, after the race, posted to her Twitter account: "That yellow flag in GS was such...I just want to scream. I'm really miffed. Anyway, gotta take that energy and focus it on second run."

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Elisabeth Goergl of Austria leads after first women's giant slalom run; Lindsey Vonn crashes

Elisabeth Elisabeth Goergl of Austria holds the lead after Wednesday's opening run of the Olympic giant slalom, while American Lindsey Vonn crashed and injured her right pinkie.

Goergl finished in 1 minute, 15.12 seconds. Taina Barioz of France was only 0.02 behind, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 0.16 back.

Vonn lost control around a right turn in the middle section of the course, got twisted around, landed hard on her left hip and crashed backward into the safety netting.

Defending champion Julia Mancuso's  first run was interrupted by  Vonn's crash. Mancuso was brought back up for another try and placed 18th, 1.30 seconds behind Goergl.

“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 [right pinkie] and need to get it X-rayed.”

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Elisabeth Goergl competes in the giant slalom on Wednesday. Credit: Alessandro Della Bella / EPA
   


Lindsey Vonn crashes in women's giant slalom

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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


Lindsey Vonn wins bronze in women's super-G, Andrea Fischbacher of Austria wins gold

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. won the bronze medal in the women's super-G, her second medal of the Games. Vonn also won the women's downhill earlier in the Games.

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"I already have a gold medal so I can't be too disappointed," Vonn said. "I think any medal at the Olympics is a success so I'm really happy about it."

Andrea Fischbacher of Austria won gold in the super-G, with a time of 1:20.14.

Tina Maze of Slovenia won silver with a time of 1:20.63.

Julia Mancuso of the U.S., the first skier down the mountain, finished ninth with a time of 1:21.50.

Mancuso said it was unlucky to draw first bib, and she was the first to make a mistake at the Frog Bank turn.

"I wish I had more information. I knew when I crossed the finish line I blew it."

Vonn said she skied the part that gave Mancuso trouble well but then got too conservative.

"I sort of backed off the gas pedal," Vonn said.

-- Chris Dufresne in Whistler, Canada

Photo: Lindsey Vonn reacts after completing her run in the women's super-G. Credit: Sergey Ponomarev / Associated Press


Looks like a bronze medal for Lindsey Vonn in women's super-G

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With all of the top skiers down the mountain, it looks as though Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. will win the bronze medal in the women's super-G.

Vonn, the 17th skier down the slope, briefly held the lead with a time of 1:20.88 before being passed.

Andrea Fischbacher of Austria is currently first, with a time of 1:20.14.

Tina Maze of Slovenia is second with 1:20.63.

Julia Mancuso of the U.S., the first skier down the mountain, is seventh with 1:21.50.

Mancuso said it was unlucky to draw first bib, and she was the first to make a mistake at the Frog Bank turn.

"I wish I had more information. I knew when I crossed the finish line I blew it," Mancuso said.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Lindsey Vonn competes during the women's Super-G. Credit: Michael Kappele, AFP/Getty Images.


Reggie Bush tries something different

 
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Reggie Bush never watched the Winter Olympics as a kid. He has never skied or ice skated. Snowboarding seems as though it could be fun, but there is probably a clause in his NFL contract prohibiting anything so risky.

"I know," he says. "I'm sure there is."

For now, the New Orleans Saints running back and former USC star will suffice with visiting the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, arriving this week for a four-day vacation not long after his team won Super Bowl XLIV.

"I thought it would be great to come up here and experience something different," he said. "I play football, that's what I've known all my life, so I like to get a chance to see greatness in different areas."

Bush, who flew north without girlfriend Kim Kardashian, planned to take in a hockey game and watch Lindsey Vonn race in Whistler this weekend. He came prepared for winter weather.

"I brought a lot of clothes, like jackets and stuff, but it's warm here," he said. "I got in and I'm like, it's colder in New Orleans right now."

-- David Wharton

Photo: Reggie Bush. Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images.


Lindsey Vonn says injury isn't 'hampering my skiing'

Immediately after her gold-medal victory in the women's downhill on Wednesday, the murmurs began -- is Lindsey Vonn as injured as she said she is?

A week ago, Vonn told reporters she might not even compete in the Olympics because of a shin injury. Now, some are wondering if she overstated the severity of the injury. Even though she crashed out of the super combined on Thursday, her competitive showing in the downhill portion of the event seemed to indicate that the injury wasn't bothering her much.

Well, Vonn told the Fox Business Network on Friday that while the injury is still making things difficult of the slopes, it isn't affecting her skiing.

"It's definitely hurting me and is a distraction, but I don't think it's actually hampering my skiing," she told the network. "I think I'm still able to ski the way I want to."

If this is true, Vonn has to be considered the gold medal favorite for Saturday's super-G race.

-- Austin Knoblauch


Gary Hall Jr.: Shaun White, Shani Davis, Lindsey Vonn and other keywords that might drive traffic to my blog

Shaun Shaun White wins!
Judging wasn’t a factor. There’s nobody in the world that even comes close to being as good as Shaun White on a snowboard. No contest, just gravity-defying, mind-boggling aerial maneuvers.
 
Shani Davis does it again:
He may talk like “Perfessor” Nerd but he skates like King Cool. Shani turned down the chance to appear on Oprah because he needed to stay focused on his training. Turning down the Oprah show has its rewards, like an Olympic gold medal. Shani, your commitment is inspiring.
 
Lindsey Vonn, profile victim:
First, allow me to say, “Great job, Lindsey!” There was a lot of pressure to live up to and you delivered, making us all proud.
 
There’s much ado about the injuries that have plagued Vonn, but how much of that is NBC’s profiling efforts?

NBC covered her bruised shin so much I was beginning to believe that she was truly physically challenged. We’ve all had bruises before, and sometimes they do hurt, some, but … it’s a bruise. 

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Julia Mancuso wins silver in women's super combined; Lindsey Vonn falls during slalom run

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Julia Mancuso doubled her medal total with a silver in the super combined Thursday. Mancuso won the silver medal in the women's downhill Wednesday. Lindsey Vonn of the U.S., who led after the downhill portion, fell during the slalom and did not win a medal. Maria Riesch of Germany won the gold; Anja Paerson of Sweden won the bronze.

The super combined adds the total of a downhill and slalom run. Lowest combined time wins.

Mancuso becomes only the fifth American woman to win two alpine skiing medals in the same Olympic Winter Games. The others: Gretchen Fraser (gold in slalom, silver in combined, 1948); Andrea Mead-Lawrence (golds in giant slalom and slalom, 1952); Penny Pitou (silvers in downhill and giant slalom, 1960) and Jean Saubert (silver in giant slalom, bronze in slalom, 1964).

"I didn't expect that," Mancuso said of her success. "Such a great feeling of accomplishment and really just believing in everything I was doing."

Mancuso is now tied with male counterpart Bode Miller for most career Olympic Alpine medals by a U.S. skier at three.

Mancuso also gave America its first medal in women's Olympic combined or super-combined since 1948. And her best event is yet to come — the giant slalom on Wednesday, the race the 25-year-old from Squaw Valley, Calif., won at the 2006 Turin Games.

Hip surgery after the Turin Games led to back problems that made sidetracked her career. To push her further into the shadows, Vonn has claimed 18 World Cup race victories and two overall titles. Mancuso hasn't won any World Cup race since March of 2007.

"I just came to these Olympics trying to put the past behind me and rip it up," Mancuso said.

Vonn, who has been racing against Mancuso since they were children, has a different perspective.

"She's just attacking. She has a lot of intensity, and I think her struggling in the past few years is maybe motivating her more," Vonns said. "And she's coming in here as an underdog. No one's really expecting her to do anything, and I think that helps.

"When you don't have any pressure, it helps to ski aggressively. It definitely is a lot different, you know, when you have everyone looking at you and expecting you to do things."

As for Vonn's fall during her slalom run, she said it was the most common of mistakes.

"I hooked a tip, and that happens in ski racing all the time," she said. "I just wish it wasn't at the Olympic Games."

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Julia Mancuso. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand /AFP/Getty Images


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