Lindsey Vonn took a nasty spill in the first run of Wednesday's Women's Giant Slalom, meaning their will be no medal for the American skier (at least not today).
Vonn, who was leading, lost control about half way down, spun around and fell hard on her hip, injuring her finger in the process, too. The mountain itself did not do her any favors, said a beat up Vonn afterward. .
"The course is breaking up at the bottom," Vonn said, holding ice on her finger, adding that her back and shin were hurting as well. "I got a little bit too inside and lost my outside ski. My knee came up and hit my chin. ... I don't know honestly how I hurt my hand.
"I'm just a little bit beat up right now," added Vonn, who also fell in the slalom leg of the super-combined last week. "Things don't seem to be quite going my way." [...]
"I was like a pretzel - so tangled up," Vonn said.
Vonn is set for an X-ray on her right hand, which will determine whether or not she skis in Friday's Slalom, the final women's alpine event of the Winter Games.
Julia Mancuso also felt the negative effects of Vonn's injury -- Mancuso's first run was flagged for a restart because officials were not done working on the course, forcing her to ski later, after conditions worsened and deteriorated.
"Well now its time to use that anger and fight scond run!!" Mancuso wrote on her Twitter account between runs. "That yellow flag in the GS was such... I just want to scream. I'm really miffed. Anyway, gotta take that energy and focus it for 2nd run."
Vonn said she felt "terrible" for Mancuso, a rival since they were kids.
"She's mad, she's frustrated, she's probably mad at me," Vonn said. "I feel terrible, and I hope she understands. I definitely didn't want that to happen."
The second run is scheduled to begin at 5:45 EST. You can follow the results live at the Vancouver 2010 site.