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Vonn breaks pinkie

Following Bode Miller’s lead from yesterday, lovely Lindsey Vonn skied out of control and crashed near the end of her first giant slalom run, ending her day and, possibly, her Olympics. It was the second time Vonn, a medal contender in every race here, lost control and lost a race.

Vonn breaks pinkie

Following Bode Miller’s lead from yesterday, lovely Lindsey Vonn skied out of control and crashed near the end of her first giant slalom run, ending her day and, possibly, her Olympics. It was the second time Vonn, a medal contender in every race here, lost control and lost a race.

Vonn broke her right pinkie and banged her chin, knee and hip in the crash, injuries that might keep her out of the fifth and final race, the slalom, on Friday. She entered the Games with a bruised right shin that might have kept her from participating at all.

Vonn fought through that to win gold in the downhill and bronze in the super G, but she ran off the course in the super combined and, today crashed.

Regretfully, Vonn’s crash might have cost teammate and rival Julia Mancuso a legitimate shot at defending her GS gold won at Turin in 2006. Mancuso had already begun her run when the course was yellow-flagged, since Vonn could not quickly extricate herself from the netting and exit the course.

Mancuso restarted in foggy, snowy conditions after 13 more skiers had shredded the soft course and finished 1.30 seconds out of first place entering the second run.

That run was delayed three times by fog and finally postponed until Thursday.

Today, upon finishing, Mancuso had a snit-fit in the corral; she threw a pole and collapsed in the snow for about 3 minutes before finally moping out of the corral’s exit. She refused to speak with the press, but Tweeted, ““I was flagged in GS, that is b------t! Well, now it’s time to use that anger and fight second run!!”

Meanwhile, Vonn said, “I know she was disappointed. She’s mad. Probably frustrated. And probably mad at me.”

Probably; Mancuso told  Sports Illustrated this week that Vonn’s presence had created a “struggle for attention” among the ski team members, and any failure by Vonn cast a pall over the team.

 

 

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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