By Elliott Almond
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 10:37 am in Uncategorized.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Lindsey Vonn’s crash today in the fog at Whistler Creekside ended her chances in her worst event, the giant slalom. But it also might have spoiled teammate Julia Mancuso’s chance to defend her Olympic title.
Vonn dipped her right shoulder high on the course, couldn’t recover, and fell into a fence. It appeared she hurt her right hand. It took folks a while to get her up. In the meantime, Mancuso had started her run directly after Vonn but was pulled off the course once it was clear Vonn needed assistance.
That left Mancuso, from Squaw Valley, unable to immediately return to the starting gate. She ended up at the bottom, walking through the mixed zone and looking to take a gondola back to the top of the run.
So, instead of starting in the enviable No. 18 slot, it looks like they’ll stick her in about 30th. The course is deteriorating and it’s doubtful she’ll pull off a great time in the first of two runs.