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Olympics 2010: Riesch Prevails in Women’s Super-Combined; Vonn Crashes Out

Olympics 2010: Riesch Prevails in Women’s Super-Combined; Vonn Crashes Out

[ Thu, 2010-02-18 20:14 ]
Maria Riesch of Germany takes to the air in the downhill portion of the women's super combined downhill race
Maria Riesch of Germany, who failed to medal in yesterday's Olympic women’s downhill, came out on top in the super-combined today, while her friend and greatest rival, Lindsey Vonn, didn’t even finish.

Maria Riesch of Germany, who failed to medal in yesterday's Olympic women’s downhill, came out on top in the super-combined today, while her friend and greatest rival, Lindsey Vonn, didn’t even finish. Vonn fell in the slalom portion of the race after hooking a ski on a gate, adding further insult to an already injured Olympics: Vonn has been complaining about her bruised shin all week. “It hurts so bad,” Vonn said in an interview with the Associated Press after the race. “It’s one thing to do the downhill, but the super-combined is really tough on my shin. I tried as hard as I could.”  But there was some good news for America's team: Julia Mancuso won her second silver of the Games, exhibiting a spectacular return to form but just falling short of Riesch's winning 2:09.14 time by under a second. Sweden’s Anja Paerson took bronze—a sweet reward after a brutal fall near the end of the downhill yesterday.

 

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