Lindsey Vonn fails to finish super combined race as Julia Mancuso again wins silver medal

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 18, 2010 1:18 pm

We thought lighting could strike twice. We thought it could happen two days in a row. Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso winning Olympic medals again…could it happen? Alas, it was not meant to be. On the slalom portion of today’s Olympic super combined race, Lindsey hooked her ski on a gate while making a right turn. She straddled the gate and her ski flew off. Disqualified. Thankfully, she is OK and not injured.

The number one German ski racer, and Lindsey’s stiffest competition on the World Cup circuit, Maria Riesch, had a near flawless run and remains in the gold medal position. Julia Mancuso, coming off an amazing silver medal downhill finish yesterday, remains again in the silver position.

Lindsey had a great downhill portion of this race earlier today. The super combined takes the times from a downhill race and a slalom race and adds them together. The best combined time wins. Unfortunately, Lindsey’s great downhill run means nothing now that she did not finish the slalom.
Perhaps the mistake can be attributed to her bruised shin, which she earlier said is killing her today. “It’s not good. I’m struggling with it,” Vonn said of her bruised right shin. “It’s definitely the most painful it’s been since I started skiing on it (Sunday). Nothing I can do . . . just try to tough it out today and tomorrow will be a good day off.”

Lindsey was not super confident about the rest of this super combined race. She hasn’t trained in the slalom discipline as much as she would have liked, and again, her shin hurts. “It’s by no means over,” Vonn said of the competition. “I have a lot of work to do in the slalom. Maria is right on my tail. I don’t know if I can hold her back. I’m going to try to do my best. I’ve only skied slalom that one time (a free run Sunday) in the last three weeks.

It was a long, long day yesterday. I didn’t get as much rest as I should have. I need a little more rest and therapy for (her shin) to feel better. It’s definitely really sore. But I had a solid run. It’s a good way to start.”

As of now, Riesch is in first, Mancuso in second, and Swede Anja Paerson in third.

UPDATE: The race has just ended: GOLD: Maria Riesch SILVER: Julia Mancuso BRONZE: Anja Paerson