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Vonn crashes in 1st run of giant slalom

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Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, acknowledges the crowd after crashing during the first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, acknowledges the crowd after crashing during the first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, lies in the fence after crashing during first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, lies in the fence after crashing during first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, acknowledges the crowd after crashing during first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, acknowledges the crowd after crashing during first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, acknowledges the crowd after crashing during first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel Lindsey Vonn, from the United States, acknowledges the crowd after crashing during first run of the women's giant slalom in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn crashed out of the first run of the Olympic giant slalom race Wednesday.

The American 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.

After being checked course-side for a few minutes, Vonn got up and skied down to the finish.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Doug Haney said Vonn banged up her right hand.

While giant slalom is usually Vonn's worst discipline, she had posted the fastest split times until her crash.

Vonn was just getting over a bruised right shin, having opened her Olymics with gold in downhill and bronze in super-G.

Vonn's teammate Julia Mancuso was the next skier on course and had to pull up midway through her run because Vonn was still on the side of the course.

Mancuso, the defending champion, then had to make her way back up to the top of the course for a later start, and finished 1.3 seconds behind. Mancuso appeared disturbed, since starting later usually is tougher with the course deteriorating as one skier after another comes down.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

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