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Lindsey Vonn leads in super combined; Mancuso is third

The downhill portion of the women's super-combined event has just ended and Lindsey Vonn is in first place, Maria Reisch of Germany is second and Julia Mancuso is third.

Skiing will resume with the slalom portion of the event starting at 3:30 EST. Barry Svrluga, who's on the mountain at Whistler, B.C., will file a report here shortly. Until then, you could get some work done or check out the men's curling match game thing between the U.S. and Denmark; it's actually being shown live on USA Network. The score is 3-3 after six ends and, among other important questions, you really have to ask what the Danes were thinking when they went with the white belts.

Reisch moves into second

Lindsey Vonn's good friend, Maria Reisch of Germany, moves into second place with a time of 1:24.49, .33 behind Vonn and .80 ahead of Julia Mancuso of the U.S.

(As if this weren't exciting enough, the United States and Denmark are locked in a 3-3 men's curling duel after five ends. I fear I'm not doing this justice.)

Vonn knocks Mancuso from the lead

Lindsey Vonn nudges Julia Mancuso out of first place in the super combined with a strong downhill performance (that's the event in which she won gold Wednesday) in Whistler, B.C.

Vonn, who went 18th in the field of 35 skiers, skied the course in 1:24.16, moving ahead of Mancuso's 1:24.96.

Next up for Vonn is the slalom portion of the event (at 3:30 EST). The downhill is considered to be Vonn's strong suit; the slalom is a potential weakness.

Naturally, NBC is not televising the skiing live, but the intrepid internet user can find a live feed. Just sayin'.

Mancuso's early lead still holding up

After 15 skiers from the field of 35 had raced in the downhill portion of the super combined event Thursday, Julia Mancuso, silver medalist for the United States in the downhill Wednesday, was in first place. She was the third skier down the course and finished with a time of 1:24.96. Marie Marchand-Arvier of France is presently second (1:25.41) and Gina Stechert of Germany is third (1:25.44).

The super combined schedule

It's Day 2 at LindseyLand -- a k a Whistler, B.C., -- with Lindsey Vonn, the United States skier who won gold in the downhill Wednesday, skiing in the women's super combined (downhill and slalom) today.

The first portion of the event, the downhill, goes off at 12:30 p.m. (EST) with Vonn racing 18th and Julia Mancuso, silver medalist to Vonn's gold, skiing third. Kaylin Richardson of the United States goes 25th and Leann Smith, also of the U.S., goes 28th in the 35-skier field.

The slalom portion of the event begins at 3:30 EST.

Women's course made safer

There were a ton of crashes in Wednesday's downhill and Olympic organizers made the course safter overnight, according to the Associated Press. The final jump, which sent some skiers flying, was changed, according to an Associated Press story.

"We will try to ease things down a little bit,'' women's race director Atle Skaardal said, according to the AP. "I think [the course] was acceptable, for sure. But it's very difficult, no question about it.''

The target of the change was "Hot Air," the icy crest that launches skiers. According to the AP, it previously was altered after practice Monday because of safety concerns.

By Cindy Boren  |  February 18, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Riesch is now the favorite for the gold medal in the super combined, unless she falls in the slalom. Vonn just didn't get a big enough lead after the downhill.

Posted by: macneilb | February 18, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Re: curling joke. Not funny. Have some respect. Are you turning into the Express?

Posted by: privacy08 | February 18, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I am being completely serious here: I love curling. If I didn't, I'd just ignore it.

Posted by: TheCindy | February 18, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I missed the curling, was watching the shuffleboard finals.

Posted by: Latnikaf | February 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

ahh, a blog not a real report. Okay, sorry.

Posted by: privacy08 | February 18, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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