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, slippedĀ 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.