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Associated Press, Published February 24 2010

American Lindsey Vonn crashes on opening giant slalom run

WHISTLER, British Columbia – Elisabeth Goergl of Austria has the lead after the opening run of the Olympic giant slalom. American Lindsey Vonn crashed.

With wet and foggy weather making visibility difficult, Goergl sped down Franz’s GS in 1 minute, 15.12 sec-onds. Taina Barioz of France was only 0.02 behind, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 0.16 back.

Vonn lost control around a right turn in the middle section of the course, got twisted around, landed hard on her left hip and crashed backward into the safety netting.

Defending champion Julia Mancuso had her first run down interrupted due to Vonn’s crash, then was brought back up for another try and placed outside the top 15.