Dy­namic U.S. down­hill duo

Lind­sey Vonn breezes to gold, Ju­lia Man­cuso takes sur­prise sil­ver in Olympics down­hill

Cape Breton Post - - 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS - BY AN­DREW DAMPF

Man­cuso fin­ished 0.56 sec­onds be­hind, and Elis­a­beth Go­ergl of Aus­tria took the bronze medal, 1.46 sec­onds back.

Britt Janyk of Whistler was the top Cana­dian in sixth at 1:46.21.

Maria Ri­esch of Ger­many, Vonn’s best friend and usual ri­val of late, fin­ished eighth.

Emily Bry­don of Fernie, B.C., was 16th and Shona Rubens of Can­more, Alta., was 21st.

It’s the third time two Amer­i­cans have fin­ished 1-2 in an Olympic Alpine race, and the first time in 26 years.

At the 1984 Sara­jevo Games, broth­ers Phil and Steve Mahre took gold and sil­ver in the slalom and Debbie Arm­strong and Christin Cooper ac­com­plished the feat in gi­ant slalom.

No Amer­i­can woman had won the Olympic down­hill be­fore. Hi­lary Lindh and Pi­cabo Street both took sil­ver — in 1992 and 1994, re­spec­tively.

Vonn swept the down­hill and su­per-G at last sea­son’s world cham­pi­onships in Val d’Isere, France, but had never won an Olympic medal. She had a hor­rific crash in down­hill train­ing at the 2006 Turin Games.

Man­cuso won the gi­ant slalom in Turin but hadn’t fin­ished on the podium since the Olympic test down­hill here two years ago. The Squaw Val­ley, Calif., skier has won only two World Cup down­hills in her ca­reer, the last nearly three years ago.

“Com­ing off a back in­jury last year, I was in a lot of re­hab. I knew that I just had to hang on and keep go­ing for it,” Man­cuso said. “It’s re­ally been a tough, long road. I’m happy to be in a po­si­tion where I feel healthy.”

The Cana­dian Press

Lind­sey Vonn of the United States re­acts in the fin­ish area af­ter com­plet­ing the women's down­hill at the Van­cou­ver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, B.C., Wed­nes­day.

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