No golden double for Vonn

Lindsey Vonn missed out on an alpine gold medal double after a crash in the slalom section of the super combined competition.

As a result, the mishap handed the title to Germany’s Maria Riesch.

Vonn held a 0.33-second lead over best friend Riesch after the morning downhill but the American, with a downhill gold medal already in the bag, straddled a gate and fell on the lower section of the course.

That meant her close friend Riesch took the gold while Vonn’s American team-mate Julia Mancuso claimed her second silver of the Games after finishing second to Vonn in Thursday’s downhill.

Sweden’s Anja Paerson picked herself up after her spectacular downhill crash to win a remarkable bronze.

Paerson, whose participation was in doubt after she was flipped into the air on the downhill course, stood seventh after today’s downhill section.

But she produced an impressive slalom run to claim the bronze.

Vonn had struggled with a shin injury coming into the Games and she hinted it could make her doubtful for the remaining three Alpine skiing events. The super-G is next up on Saturday.

“It’s killing me,” she said.

“It hurts so bad. It was really tough on my shin. I hope the next day off will help get it healed.”

She added: “I was disappointed but I went down fighting. I knew that Maria and Julia had good runs so I had to give it everything I had and, in slalom, anything goes.”

In the men’s ice hockey, Detroit Red Wing Brian Rafalski scored twice as the United States secured their second win of the group stages by beating Norway 6-1.

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