Vonn crashes; Riesch wins gold, Mancuso silver in super combined
Lindsey Vonn crashed on her slalom run and did not finish the second race of the Olympic super combined Alpine event, which means that Maria Riesch of Germany has won the gold medal. Julia Mancuso won her second silver medal in as many days and Anja Paerson of Sweden took the bronze.
The leader after the downhill race, Vonn, who had not practiced the slalom in two weeks because of a bruised shin, clipped a gate and went down. The slalom is not Vonn's strength; Riesch leads the World Cup slalom standings and Vonn has failed to finish three of the seven slalom races held on the World Cup circuit this season. She did not qualify for the second run in another.
Riesch finished .94 of a second ahead of Mancuso with a combined time in the downhill and slalom of 2:09.14. Paerson was 1.05 seconds behind Riesch.
In an interview between the downhill and slalom events, Vonn told reporters that her shin felt worse than it had since she resumed training last week, according to Barry Svrluga.
"It's definitely by no means over," Vonn said. "Maria is right on my tail, and I don't know if I can hold her back in the slalom. I haven't skied slalom in, like, three-and-a-half weeks, except for that one [practice] day, so I really don't know what to expect."
The women do not race Friday; they return to the mountain for the super-G -- another speed event with a few more turns than downhill -- on Saturday.
Slalom lead changing hands
The lead is going to be quickly changing hands with each skier now that the best of the field is on the course. Kathrin Zettel of Austria is the leader for what no doubt will be a brief time and Tina Maze of Slovenia are 1-2 behind Sarka Zahrobska.
Zahrobska takes a brief lead
After 15 skiers completed the slalom portion, Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic was the leader with a total time of 2 minutes, 11.02 seconds in the two runs. With the best skiers still to go, this is something of a technicality, but we're bringing you moment-by-moment results here. Zahrobska trailed Lindsey Vonn by 3.17 after the downhill competition, so her lead isn't likely to last long.
Slalom begins and so does the wait ...
The final portion of the super combined -- the slalom -- is underway in Whistler and it may be a while before the real competition begins. Thirty-one skiers are entered with Lindsey Vonn, the leader, skiing 30th. Maria Riesch of Germany -- she's in second place -- will ski 29th and the third-place skier, Julia Mancuso of the U.S., will go 28th.
(If you're wondering, Noelle Barahona of Chile is 31st.) The super combined gold is awarded to the racer with the lowest cumulative time in the two legs of the event: downhill and slalom.
February 18, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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