Sunday, January 25, 2015

Vonn goes 2-for-5

When it was over, all the hype, all the promise, boiled down to two medals for covergirl and swimsuit model Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn goes 2-for-5

             When it was over, all the hype, all the promise, boiled down to two medals for covergirl and swimsuit model Lindsey Vonn.


             She hit mushy snow, straddled an early gate and skied out of the first run of the slalom this morning, the third time in her five events she did not finish a course. She crashed on Wednesday in the first run of the giant slalom and, last week, did not finish the slalom portion of the super combined – her only apparent regret.


             “I know I could have had more medals, like in the super combined, where I went out,” Vonn said. “But you have to attack and you have to take risks.”


             Considering the increasingly inconsistent conditions on a warm and foggy Whistler Creekside facility, that philosophy might have been flawed, especially in the more technical races, where Vonn failed.


 Vonn did win the downhill and the super G, a promising start to an Olympics that featured her worldwide as a particularly fetching face of the Games. She was not expected to medal in the slalom, especially after Wednesday’s crash battered an already beat-up body.


             She fractured her right pinky finger Wednesday and jarred her chin, hip and back. That added to a shin injury that cost her a week of training before she arrived at the Games and threatened to knock her out of all five races.


              Today, she believed she needed to be perfect in the slalom.


             “I came out of the starting gate charging,” she said. “But, I haven’t been skiing a lot of slalom. I hit some mashed-potato snow, and it was over before I knew it.”


             All things considered, she said, these Winter Games weren’t so bad.


             “Even though today and the GS wasn't a success, I’m happy with the way my Olympics has gone,” she said. “I have a gold in the downhill and super G and I couldn’t ask for any more.”


             Those two medals helped the U.S. ski team to a team-record eight medals, and counting.


             Self-styled rebel Bode Miller, already the winner of three medals, skis the slalom tomorrow, the final event on the mountain.


To read our post on last night's figure skating and Canadian Joannie Rochette, click here.

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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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