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Vonn wins bronze in super-G

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 20, 2010 03:27 PM

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Make it two medals for Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn, the gold medalist in the women's downhill, captured the bronze in the women’s super-G this morning in competition at Whistler Creekside.

Her time of 1 minute 20.88 seconds was 0.74 off the 1:20.14 winning time of Andrea Fischbacher of Austria. She was a quarter of a second behind silver medalist Tina Maze of Slovenia (1:20.63).

After deftly navigating a tricky right turn at the Franz's Run course at the midway point, Vonn Vonn struggled near the bottom section. She lost nearly a half-second from her time -- and a shot at the silver.

"Once I got past those difficult sections, I kind of backed off the gas pedal," Vonn said. "I felt like I just didn't ski as aggressively as I could have, and I think that's where I lost the race."

Vonn becomes the third American to win two Alpine medals at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, joining Franconia, N.H.'s Bode Miller and teammate Julia Mancuso.

Mancuso was ninth in the super-G with a time of 1:21.50, while Conway, N.H.'s Leanne Smith tied for 18th in 1:23.05. Chelsea Marshall of Pittsfield, Vt. did not finish.

Vonn will race twice more in Vancouver, in the slalom and giant slalom, but she's a better fast skier than a technical one, and those are not her best races.

Mancuso, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the GS who has emerged from Vonn's shadow here with a pair of silver medals (downhill, super combined), could add to her own collection.

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Here is a breakdown of multiple medal performances in a single Winter Olympics by US Alpine skiers, courtesy of the USOC and Olympic historian Bill Mallon:

1948 – Gretchen Fraser
1952 – Andrea Mead-Lawrence
1960 – Penny Pitou
1964 – Jean Saubert
1994 – Tommy Moe
2002 – Bode Miller
2010 – Bode Miller
2010 – Julia Mancuso
2010 – Lindsey Vonn

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