Vonn on pace for second gold

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

WHISTLER, B.C. -- The Golden Girl is on pace for a second medal here in the mountains.

American superstar Lindsey Vonn, the dynamic winner of the women’s downhill a day earlier, has a commanding early lead following the downhill portion of the super combined at Whistler Creekside. The slalom portion will be raced this afternoon.

Skiing down a shorter version of the Franz's Downhill course that caused many of the world's top downhillers to crash on Wednesday, Vonn was fast and in control yet again. Vonn's time of 1:24.16 was .33 of a second better than Germany's Maria Reisch and .80 ahead of fellow American Julia Mancuso, who won bronze in the downhill.

Emily Brydon was the top Canadian finishing her run in 1:26.49, good enough for 16th place after the downhill portion. The best combined time for the two events will earn the gold.

Vonn is scheduled to compete in all five women's alpine events here despite being bothered by a nagging injury to her right shin. After Wednesday's downhill she complained of the pain caused by the bumpy Whistler course but was determined to carry on.

Next up for Vonn is Saturday's Super-G event, another race in which she is expected to be the strong favourite.

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