“It’s the second time in a row that Shani and I have gotten this race stolen from us,” Hedrick said. “We go in as heavy favorites each time, and it is some special skater every time that comes in.”
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Vonn conceded she let up at the end — and it cost her.
While many of the favorites struggled with a sharp right turn midway down, Vonn made it through that section without a problem. She then lost nearly half a second on the bottom section.
“Once I got past those difficult sections, I kind of backed off the gas pedal,” Vonn said. “I felt like I just didn’t ski as aggressively as I could have, and I think that’s where I lost the race.”
The Austrians — who won 14 Alpine medals, including four golds, in Turin — had gotten off to a slow start. Elisabeth Goergl’s bronze in the downhill had been their only medal. Fischbacher was reduced to tears after placing fourth in the downhill, finishing 0.03 seconds behind Goergl.
“At first I was really sad,” Fischbacher said. “Then I was just saying, ‘OK, maybe I make it in the super-G.’”
Her coach, Juergen Kriechbaum, set the super-G course according to International Ski Federation rules that rotate the job to correspond with the higher-ranked super-G skiers. Fischbacher navigated her way down Franz’s Run in 1 minute, 20.14 seconds. Maze was 0.49 behind, and Vonn was 0.74 back.
Vonn already had wrapped up the season-long World Cup super-G title by winning three of the five races so far; Fischbacher was third in the event standings.
On Saturday, she was denied a sweep of the speed events. Depending on how her bruised right shin holds up, the American still has two events remaining in Vancouver — giant slalom and slalom.
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Zhou Yang of China easily won the gold medal and set an Olympic record in women’s 1,500-meter short-track speedskating.
Zhou breezed to the finish line in 2 minutes, 16.993 seconds, well ahead of Lee Eun-byul of South Korea, who earned the silver in 2:17.849. Park Seung-hi of South Korea took the bronze, finishing in 2:17.927.View Entire Story
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