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Official: Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso finish 1-2 in women's downhill

It's officially over: Americans Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso finish 1-2 in the women's downhill. It's the third time two Americans have finished 1-2 in an Olympic Alpine race, and the first time in 26 years

Here's a recap of the day:

Lindsey Vonn will make her Olympic debut shortly, as the women's downhill takes place at 2 p.m. EST today in Whistler, B.C.

Vonn is scheduled to ski 16th out of the field of 45; check back here for updates as the event progresses.

The racing is underway and the first skier took a spill. Klara Krizova of the Czech Republic crashed on Frog's Bank, but finished the course. The next skier, Chemmy Alcott of Great Britain, was first on the board with a time of 1:47:31.

Racing is taking place under nearly perfect conditions; Nathaniel Vinton (@DownhillWriter) of the New York Daily News tweets: These racers are toasting their legs. They're all collapsing in finish. Long, bumpy ride will do that.

Through seven skiers, Elisabeth Georgl of Austria is the leader (1:45.65); Britt Janyk of Canada is second (1:46.21); and Lucia Recchia of Italy is third (1:46.50).

Stacey Cook of the United States is fourth with a time of 1:46.98.

The leaders changed when the 10th skier, Julie Mancuso of the United States, took off. She finished in 1:44.75 and presently is the leader for the gold with Georgl and Janyk behind her.

Thirty-five women are still to ski, including Vonn at No. 16.

The 11th skier, Dominique Gisin of Switzerland, has taken a hard spill and, after receiving attention on the course, is up and walks away. There's a break in the competition as course workers, according to Vinton, smooth a bump that Gisin hit.

The 13th skier, Daniela Merighetti of Italy, also crashed and, Vinton tweets" Seems OK. Broke a gate. Like a few others, she was so off line it seemed like she was lost. #Vonn won't be.

Andrea Fischbacher of Austria crashed through the finish line and into third place with a time of 1:45.68. France's Marie Marchand-Arvier is up now, with Vonn following.

FYI, the New York Times reports that skiers seem to be crashing after the finish line because there isn't ample room to stop.

Vonn time ...

And, as advertised, Vonn rocks it with a great race. She vaults past Mancuso and into first place with a time of 1:44.19; that's .56 ahead of Mancuso.

@barrysvrluga tweets: Just a gutsy run. Clear of Mancuso by .56, clear of everyone else by 1.46. Riesch and Paerson biggest obstacles to gold.

Paerson -- that's Anja Paerson of Norway -- does not finish. According to Vinton's tweet, she hits finish jump on heels, launches, somehow lands on skis, but crashes hard.

Svrluga tweets that she was helped off the course.

Vonn's best friend, Riesch, finishes in 1:46.26, good for eighth place. It looks for all the world as if Vonn and Mancuso will finish 1-2, with Georgl third.

Svrluga tweets: Only times the USA 1-2 in Oly Alpine events, 1984: Mahre twins in slalom, D Armstrong and C Cooper in GS. Now, Vonn and Mancuso?

And, for the rest of these Games, Svrluga tweets: Vonn sets the tenor for the rest of her Games, with super-combined tomorrow. Mancuso shows she could be a factor. 2 races, 3 medals for US?

The downhill is not yet over, although Vonn-Mancuso-Georgl have a commanding lead. There have been lots of crashes on the course and one skier, Marusa Ferk of Slovenia, is going to require medical evacuation from the mountain. There are about a half-dozen skiers left. Svrluga tweets: Can't call Vonn as official gold medal winner, but she's sobbing like one.

And, with eight skiers still to go, Vinton tweets: Georgl in tears, Mancuso in tiara, Vonn in interviews. #olympics #downhill

We're two skiers from making this official.

By Cindy Boren  |  February 17, 2010; 1:43 PM ET
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing  
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This is wonderful . Not since we had that big pot smoking goof swimming in that way too small suit have we been able to make a big deal about prideful domination of a silly nonproductive activity .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | February 17, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

U-S-A! U-S-A!

YeeeaaaahhhhhHHHHHH! Baby!

Go to the county fair and cheer for hogs, loser.

Posted by: kls1 | February 17, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what else he does with the hogs, maybe the hogs play Ned Beatty.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | February 17, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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