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Lindsey Vonn crashes, does not finish giant slalom

This is getting a bit chippy. We like chippy.

Julia Mancuso, avid readers of the blog will recall from down below, was angry about being forced to trudge back to the top of the mountain to repeat her first run in the giant slalom. This came about because Lindsey Vonn crashed and had not gotten off the course. Mancuso was forced to run again on a deteriorating course.

Tweeted Mancuso, between runs: i was flagged in gs, that is [BS]! well now its time to use that anger and fight scond run!!

But, wait! There's more! Mancuso also tweets: that yellow flag in the GS was such... I just want to scream. I'm really miffed. Anyway, gotta take that energy and focus it for 2nd run.

Vonn, when asked about the issue, said (via Nathaniel Vinton of the New York Daily News on Twitter): "That happens in ski racing, and all you can do is deal with the hand that you're dealt."

All righty then.

As Vinton put it on Twitter: Haven't seen this much Olympic re-run and rivalry drama since Jean-Claude Killy and Karl Shranz in Grenoble 1968 (not that I saw that).

In case you're trying to decide whether to side with Mancuso or Vonn, Vinton points out on Twitter: Ski racing rules: Racer must stop for yellow flag, and jury must reinsert them into the order sometime before the last racer.

Goergl the leader

The second run is about to begin in the women's giant slalom at Whistler.

Elisabeth Goergl of Austria is the leader with a time of 1:15.12; Taina Barioz of France is .02 behind and Kathrin Zettel of Austria is third with a time of 1:15.28.

"The course is breaking up at the bottom," said Lindsey Vonn, who was holding ice on her pinky finger after crashing. "I got a little bit too inside and lost my outside ski. My knee came up and hit my chin."

Vonn to have X-ray of hand

After her crash, Lindsey Vonn, who was unhurt save for a hand injury, headed off to have her hand X-rayed and said she would know afterward whether she can race in her final event, Friday's slalom.

"I hope my finger is okay so I can compete Friday," Vonn said. "I was like a pretzel, so tangled up."

As for causing a problem for teammate Julia Mancuso, who had stop in mid-run and return to the top of the course: "I feel terrible, and I hope she understands. I definitely didn't want that to happen."

Mancuso, via Twitter (@JuliaMancuso), said: i was flagged in gs, that is [BS]! well now its time to use that anger and fight scond run!!

More on Mancuso's restart

There's a bit of clarity on what happened involving Julia Mancuso after Lindsey Vonn crashed in the giant slalom race. According to the Associated Press, Mancuso was the next skier on course and had to pull up midway through her run because Vonn was still at the side of the course.

The AP reported: Mancuso then had to make her way back up to the top of the course for a later start, and finished 1.3 seconds behind. Mancuso appeared disturbed, since starting later usually is tougher with the course deteriorating as one skier after another comes down.

Vonn un-injured in crash

That ended quickly. Lindsey Vonn, in a quest for her third Olympic medal, crashed during the first run of the Olympic giant slalom race on a foggy, snowy day in Whistler.

She lost control early in her run and landed on her hip, falling into the safety netting. She got to her feet and, after being checked out, skied to the finish. According to a ski team official, she suffered a minor finger injury but was otherwise fine.

U.S. teammate Julia Mancuso was on the course at the time and pulled up when Vonn crashed. Nathanial Vinton (@downhillwriter) of the New York Daily News tweets: Mancuso will have re-run option, but the wax is off her skis now. Tim Hortons just ran a coffee ad.

On her re-run, Mancuso, the defending Olympic champion in the giant slalom, finished 1.30 seconds behind Elisabeth Goergl of Austria. She was 18th after her run and was in tears, according to Vinton, after the race.

By Cindy Boren  |  February 24, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Vancouver 2010  
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How did the Mexican Ski Team do in this race???

Posted by: thgirbla | February 24, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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