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Vonn wins gold in Olympics downhill ski race

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Lindsey Vonn lived up to expectations and won the Olympic downhill Wednesday, and her childhood rival and American teammate Julia Mancuso took a surprise silver medal.

In a race characterized by several crashes — including one to Swedish standout Anja Paerson — Vonn's bruised right shin proved not to be a hindrance and she sped down Franz's Downhill in 1 minute, 44.19 seconds.

Mancuso finished 0.56 seconds behind, and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria took the bronze medal, 1.46 seconds back.

Maria Riesch of Germany, Vonn's main rival and best friend, finished eighth.

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