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Associated Press, Published February 18 2010

Vonn leads after downhill run in super-combined

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

Vonn timed 1 minute, 24.16 seconds Thursday 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 says 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.

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

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


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