Vonn crashes; Riesch wins super-combined 

Lindsey Vonn lost her bid for a second Olympic title Thursday, missing a gate and falling in the slalom leg of the super-combined. Best friend and biggest rival Maria Riesch of Germany won the event.

Vonn, who had said her badly bruised right shin was bothering her more than ever after her victory in Wednesday's downhill, was last among the leaders to ski in the slalom run after being fastest in the morning downhill leg and was 0.07 seconds ahead of Reisch's pace at the first checkpoint. She fell behind by 0.18 seconds at the second checkpoint, then missed a gate and lost her right ski before tumbling to the snow.

Riesch had a total time of 2 minutes, 09.14 seconds to beat Julia Mancuso of the United States by 0.94 seconds.

Mancuso got her second silver medal after being runner-up to Vonn in the marquee downhill race Wednesday.

Anja Paerson of Sweden took the bronze, 1.05 behind Riesch.

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