Vonn leads after downhill run in super-combined 

Lindsey Vonn of the United States started well in her bid for a second Olympic title Thursday, leading after the downhill run of the women's super-combined.

Vonn timed 1 minute, 24.16 seconds on a course shortened and made safer by shaving the final jump after a series of frightening crashes in the downhill race she won Wednesday.

Vonn said she had a solid run but struggled to find energy, less than 24 hours after an emotionally exhausting victory in her most important event.

"It was a long, long day yesterday, and I didn't get as much rest as I was hoping for," she said. "Especially with my shin, I need a little bit more time and therapy to try to get it to feel better."

Vonn said her bruised right shin is the most painful it's been since she got back on skis last week after a Feb. 2 training crash in Austria.

She led Maria Riesch of Germany by 0.33 seconds. Downhill silver medalist Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was 0.80 back in third.

Sweden's Anja Paerson posted the seventh-fastest time, 1.41 back, despite a bruised left calf sustained Wednesday in an ugly crash on the Hot Air jump approaching the finish line.

The super-combined adds the times of a downhill run and a slalom leg, scheduled for later Thursday.

Vonn's slalom form has dipped this season and Riesch leads the World Cup standings.

"It's definitely by no means over," Vonn said of her bid for back-to-back Olympic victories. "Maria is right on my tail, and I don't know if I can hold her back in the slalom.

"I haven't skied slalom in, like, three and a half weeks, except for that one (practice) day, so I really don't know what to expect," she said.

Riesch, who was a disappointing eighth Wednesday, had an anxious moment in her run.

She got too much air in a small jump before the halfway point and veered momentarily off course before correcting her race line.

Riesch held her right hand over her heart and caught her breath after crossing the finish line.

Mancuso had another smooth run despite skiing with an early start number in poorer light.

"I knew that I could have skied better," Mancuso said. "Lindsey had a really good run on the bottom, and I was right in there all the way up to those last few splits."

Kathrin Zettel of Austria, the world champion in super-combined who specializes in technical events, is 11th with 1.85 to make up in the slalom.

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