Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Vonn crashes, gold for Riesch

OLYMPICS-ALPINE SKIING/COMBINED-Lindsey Vonn’s hopes of a five-gold haul slipped away on Thursday as the American took a tumble on the slalom leg of the super-combined.

Vonn, winner of the downhill on Wednesday, was fastest again in the downhill section in the morning but only by a third of a second and with Riesch producing a masterful run in the slalom the pressure was on the favourite. Needing to pull off the slalom run of her life, she pushed just a little too hard, slipped and went down.

Vonn, one suspects, will not be too disappointed. Riesch is her best friend on the circuit and the American came into the Games saying she was not interested in all the talk of five golds, saying that just one medal would suit her fine.

Julia Mancuso got her second silver of the Games and Anja Paerson received a bronze medal reward for her bravery, after that painful mishap in the downhill no Wednesday.

Sweden’s Queen of the Slopes revels in lack of attention


OLYMPICS/All the pre-Olympic attention in women’s Alpine Skiing has been on American Lindsey Vonn, her form, her posing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, her shin injury, her cheesetherapy, her husband/coach/spokesman Thomas and her ever so hip social networking ability (yes, she tweets her facebook updates). It’s almost as though seven-times world champion Anja Paerson wasn’t here…..

Which suits the 28-year-old Swede just fine. The true Queen of the Slopes, the most successful active women’s skier on the circuit, Paerson doesn’t mind the lack of attention.