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Hoefl-Riesch wins 2nd gold in super-combined slalom



By DAVID PACE

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Different American, same result for Maria Hoefl-Riesch - another Olympic gold in the super-combined.

Just as she did four years ago at the Vancouver Games, Hoefl-Riesch found herself trailing an American after the downhill leg before using her slalom skills to vault into first place and successfully defend her Olympic title in the dual-run event.

The German finished less than a second ahead of both silver medalist Nicole Hosp of Austria and Julia Mancuso of the United States, who won the bronze. Mancuso won silver in the event in Vancouver.

Lindsey Vonn had the fastest downhill time in Vancouver, but when Vonn skied out on the slalom, Hoefl-Riesch roared back to claim gold. This time, Vonn is out with an injury, and Mancuso replaced her at the top the standings after the downhill.

Also on Day 4 of the Sochi Olympics, Charles Hamelin of Canada raced to the 1,500-meter short track speedskating gold, and Viktor Ahn earned the bronze to give Russia its first-ever short track medal; Michel Mulder of the Netherlands earned the 500-meter speedskating gold; Martin Fourcade won the 12.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit; and Alex Bilodeau won his second consecutive gold medal in men's moguls.

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ALPINE SKIING: Hoefl-Riesch was fifth fastest in the opening downhill leg, trailing Mancuso by 1.04 seconds. The German's two-run time of 2 minutes, 34.62 seconds was 0.40 seconds faster than Hosp. Mancuso, who finished 0.53 behind Hoefl-Riesch, won her fourth career Olympic medal in Alpine skiing. No other American woman has won more than two.

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SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING: At 29, Hamelin was the oldest skater in the first final of the short track competition. The wily veteran maintained a top-three position throughout most of the 14-lap race, leaving enough at the end to defeat a loaded field, including Ahn and silver medalist Han Tianyu of China. Ahn was a three-time gold medalist for his native South Korea, but after missing the Vancouver Games he changed his name and became a Russian citizen. When he stepped on the medals podium, the mostly Russian crowd erupted in wild cheers.

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SPEEDSKATING: Mulder's 500-meter speedskating victory earned him the title of fastest man on skates. Teammate Jan Smeekens was 0.01 seconds behind for silver, and twin Ronald Mulder took bronze in a Dutch sweep.

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BIATHLON: Fourcade's win earned France its first medal. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic took the silver, and Jean Guillaume Beatrix of France earned bronze. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway finished fourth, missing out on a record 13th Winter Olympic medal.

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MEN'S MOGULS: Bilodeau became the Olymics' first repeat winner in men's moguls. Canadian teammate Mikael Kingsbury won the silver, giving the Canadians a 1-2 finish in both men's and women's moguls.

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CURLING: The Norwegian men, curling's fashion kings of cool, made their Sochi debut with another snazzy pattern on their pants -- a mixture of red, white, blue and gray squares and rectangles. Norway dazzled the U.S. 7-4, but the surprise of opening day was Switzerland's upset of defending champion Canada. On the women's side, Sweden defeated Britain 6-4 in a matchup of two favorites for the women's curling gold.

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ICE HOCKEY: The United States romped to a 9-0 victory over Switzerland to all-but clinch a spot in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals. Canada topped Finland 3-0 to ensure its spot in the semifinals.

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PAUL February 11 2014 at 1:35 PM

Funny how the Media likes to "bait" readers or watchers with certain key words that they think will get more attention. Same thing happens with the dumb Local News, they use "hooks" to get people to watch. The real story is Manusco wins another Olympic Medal! A huge achievement in it's self.

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teecee656 February 11 2014 at 12:30 PM

Maria Riesch is the real story. She made up SuperJules .4 second lead and increased the differential by .53seconds in the slalom. The course became soft and rutted and because Mancuso was the leader after the downhill, she had to ski last. If you follow skiing, Riesch is a dominant competitor and at almost 6' tall and 180#, a "beast." Kudos to both. Julia has had a sub-par year but it's the Olympics, and Julia ALWAYS raises her game to meet the challenge. While Vonn is certainly missed (and undoubtedly dealing with feelings of missing out), speculation serves no purpose. What is important to enjoy, is seeing the best in the world, do what they do best. Battle steep, unforgiving mountains and plastic poles, in some cases at speeds well above 80 mph.

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davandsher February 11 2014 at 12:15 PM

Well you have to be in it to win it. Lindsey Vonn might not have even won a bronze . The talent of all I've seen has been outstanding.

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kpg1960 February 11 2014 at 12:08 PM

IF LINDSEY VONN IS SO GREAT AT SKIING, SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE, THEN WHY IS SHE ALWAYS CRASHING. THIS TIME IT IS HER KNEE, LAST OLYMPICS, IT WAS HER SHIN IF YOU REMEMBER. NOBODY REALLY CARES LINDSEY. LET'S FIND A NEW SKIIER TO TALK ABOUT AND LET LINDSEY GO TEND TO HER BOYFRIEND TIGER WOODS.

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stenafj February 11 2014 at 11:53 AM

What a dumb headline.
Manusco did a great job taking the bronze. Why even mention Vonn, she is not there so why overshadow Manusco's great achievement with some stupid comment about " In only Vonn was there "

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Colin February 11 2014 at 11:33 AM

Well guess what? She was not there so why even mention it. Should we be sorry for Vonn???

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kboken February 11 2014 at 11:10 AM

Who cares about Lyndsey vonn mancuso is the one who has shined in Olympics not vonn.. Really headlines are this was cons event?????? Kudos to mancuso who doesn't have the blonde blue eyes look, just medals.....

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madcap.1 February 11 2014 at 11:05 AM

she would have done nothing. right now she is at home with her buddy Tiger.
do you think she is going to walk away from him and let any other women have a shot at him.
she knows easy streak when she sees it

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genaryzac February 11 2014 at 11:05 AM

Thats a ladie??

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homerdmd1 February 11 2014 at 10:53 AM

Vonn may have more world cup race wins but when it comes to Olympic medals and pressure Mancuso is superior!!!!

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