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Olympics 2010: The Downhill Slows Down

Olympics 2010: The Downhill Slows Down

[ Thu, 2010-02-18 16:07 ]
Switzerland's Dominique Gisin Downhill Crash
After two terrifying crashes in the women's downhill, the women's race director slows the course down.

Viewers certainly got their share of thrills and, especially, spills watching the women’s downhill at Whistler yesterday. Both Anja Paerson of Sweden and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin suffered bad falls in the course’s final and biggest jump—called Hot Air—near the finish line. Paerson bruised her left calf, but, amazingly, Gisin walked away unscathed. Atle Skaardal, the women’s race director, is promising to slow things down before the women’s super-combined today and the super-G on Saturday by lowering the Hot Air jump. “I think (the course) was acceptable, for sure. But it’s very difficult, no question about it,” said Skaardal in an interview with the Associated Press. “We wouldn’t push the limits and decided after the training run that it was a good idea to shave the jump a little bit.”

 

Olympic Gold medal winner, Lindsey Vonn, was clocked at 66.4 mph on the icy slope during her winning downhill run of run of 1 minute, 44.19 seconds.

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