February 18, 2010

WHISTLER, British Columbia (SI.com) -- Maria Riesch of Germany won the women's super-combined gold at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Julia Mancuso of the U.S. took the silver and Anja Paerson of Sweden the bronze after race leader Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. crashed in the slalom.

SI.com provided live running updates of the slalom...

UPDATE, 4:19 p.m. --Vonn was in position when she fell. She is up on her skis now and skiing down the course. Her right ski grabbed a little too much around a gate and she took a tumble.

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m. -- Vonn looked great in the slalom at the start, but crashes near the bottom. She's OK. Riesch gold, Mancuso silver, Paerson bronze.

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m. -- Riesch, the best slalom skier in the world, is the new leader with a time of 2:09.14. She had a fantastic run. Mancuso in silver position, with Vonn in the gate. Paerson currently in bronze position.

UPDATE, 4:13 p.m. -- Mancuso hasn't had a run like that in three years, says Layden. Riesch on the course now.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m. -- Mancuso is the new leader with a time of 2:10.08. She will win at least a bronze. Amazing run.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m. --No. 27 is now on the course. No. 28 is Mancuso, No. 29 is Riesch and No. 30 is Vonn.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m. -- We have a new leader after 24 skiers. Sweden's Anja Paerson, who suffered a terrible crash in the downhill, is now the leader with a time of 2:10.19. Six skiers left to go.

UPDATE, 4:06 p.m. -- Austria's Elisabeth Goergl slipped on the course and had a terrible run. She will not medal.

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m. -- Slovakia's Tina Maze just moved into second place, behind Austria's Kathrin Zettel.

UPDATE, 4:03 p.m. --According to Layden, Slalom specialists are now 1-2-3 in standings. No. 22 is on the course right now. Elite skiers are up next, beginning with Elisabeth Goergl of Austria.

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m. -- After 20 skiers, Kathrin Zettel of Austria now leads with a time of 2:10.50. "This is any easy slalom course," reports Layden. "Some skiers are slow, but nobody going out."

UPDATE, 3:52 p.m. -- The Canadians have everything covered here: CTV just showed Mancuso walk into a port-a-potty.

UPDATE, 3:47 p.m. --After 11 skiers in the slalom, Czech Republic's Sarka Zahrobska leads with an overall time of 2:11.02. The slalom course looks good on a sunny day at Whistler.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m. -- Mancuso said her downhill is normally better than her slalom. "I think I could have been a lot faster," she said. "I was really slow at the top. I definitely skied better at the bottom. ... I'm pretty tired. I have a lot of aches and pains, but it was exciting and worth every minute of it."

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m. -- Vonn said her shin was "killing" her on her early run. "It was a solid run," she said. "I will just have to step it up in the slalom. I've struggled a bit with my energy level. Yesterday was a long day. I didn't get as much rest as I wanted. By no means is it over. Maria is right on my tail. I don't if I can hold her back."

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. -- The skiers with the fastest time race last. Vonn will be the 30th skier on the course. Riesch will be 29th. Mancuso will be 28th. After taking a hard look at the first-run standings, Layden says Riesch is a prohibitive favorite for the gold. Silver would be an epic performance for Vonn, and bronze would be outstanding.

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