Winter Olympics: Crash ends Vonn hopes
Maria Riesch of Germany won the women's super-combined gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics yesterday after her friend and close rival Lindsey Vonn hooked her ski on a gate and fell in the slalom leg. Vonn was fastest in the morning downhill run but was visibly in pain after the twisting slalom run on an icy course pressed her ski boot against the badly bruised shin.
Last among the leaders to ski in the slalom, Vonn was setting a flying pace when she failed to get her right ski tip around a right-hand gate and had the ski flipped off before she crashed forward to the snow.
Riesch had a total time of 2 minutes, 09.14 seconds to beat Julia Mancuso of the United States by 0.94 seconds.
"I really can't believe I did it," said Riesch, who is skiing at her first Olympics. She came into the games as the biggest threat to Vonn's predicted domination of the women's Alpine events but was a disappointing eighth in the marquee downhill event on Wednesday.