Lindsey Vonn Wins Downhill Gold, US Teammate Mancuso Takes Silver
February 17, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Lindsey Vonn blazed down the Olympic downhill course at Whistler Creekside to victory on Wednesday, edging out U.S. teammate Julia Mancuso for the gold medal. With all of the hype leading up to Vonn’s appearance at the Vancouver Olympics and her bruised right shin, Vonn managed to overcome all of the distractions to put down a winning run on the 2,939-meter course.
Vonn’s time was 1:44.19, which was more than a half-second faster than Julia Mancuso, who took the silver medal.
“This is the best day of my life,” Vonn said. “It’s awesome. It was really bumpy, you know. It’s a really challenging course and I almost lost it on the top. I just kept it going and kept fighting.”
Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl took the bronze medal, duplicating the achievement of her mother Traudl Hecher, who finished third in the women’s downhill race at the 1964 Innsbruck Games.
Lindsey Vonn arrived at the Olympics with a successful World Cup season behind her, winning five out of six World Cup downhill competitions. She suffered from a painful right shin bruise that put her medal chances in doubt at the beginning of the games. But with the foggy and rainy weather causing numerous postponements of practice sessions and the race itself, the delays gave Vonn’s injury time to heal.
It’s awesome, it’s all I ever wanted,” Vonn told CTV in tears.
Photo: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger