Women's Downhill: Vonn Takes Gold, Mancuso Takes Silver

After a much hyped shin injury (Lindsey Vonn) and a made-for-TV rivalry (Lindsey and fellow racer Julia Mancuso), the results of today's women's downhill from the Winter Olympic Games in Whistler are finally in. We're so thankful all the hype was worth it.
Vonn in gold, Mancuso in silver

Think about this: .56 seconds. It’s a half a second. Barely enough time for you to blink. But .56 seconds is a lot of time in ski racing. Today, Lindsey Vonn—America’s much-hyped ski racer—clinched an Olympic gold medal in the women’s downhill at Whistler. And she beat out the silver medalist—who just happened to be her rival, American Julia Mancuso—by .56 seconds.

Lindsey’s time was one minute, 44.19 seconds. Julia crossed the finish line in 1:44:75. Austria’s Elisabeth Georgl earned the bronze with a time of 1:45.65.

“I couldn’t believe the feeling when I looked up and saw my name with No. 1 next to it,” Vonn told the New York Times. “It was an unbelievable feeling. I didn’t know what to do, so I just fell down.”
A week ago, Lindsey announced a painful bruise on her shin that could have prevented her from even competing this week at the Olympics. Some speculated that perhaps the shin was a media ploy—then, if she won, she would have overcome adversity; or if she didn’t, she’d have an excuse.

“My leg hurt throughout and it still hurts,” Vonn said. “There was so much going on and so much adrenaline, I just blocked it out.”

No ski racers have been more covered by the media since Bode Miller mouthed off on 60 Minutes. Skiing magazine included. We've been covering both Lindsey and Julia relentlessly in the build up to the Olympics. We waited two months to do an interview about being interviewed with Lindsey, did an exclusive interview with Lindsey's shin, we showed you Lindsey's video from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, we wrote about the catfight between Julia and Lindsey, we even told you about the banana bread Lindsey baked last night. And let us just say this: We're so glad she won. Because, apparently, the hype was worth it.


Julia Mancuso

Vonn Crashes; Julia Cries in Women's GS

It was an unlucky day for America's two top female ski racers: Lindsey Vonn crashed into the fence during the GS race and obstructed the run of her teammate Julia Mancuso, who was granted a rerun but finished a disappointing 1.30 seconds behind the current leader. The second run of the race takes place Thursday.

Julia Wins Silver

Julia Mancuso Wins Second Silver Medal

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Julia and Lindsey Celebrating

1-2 USA: Celebrating Ski History

Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso made history yesterday when they claimed the gold and silver in the ladies downhill. We were there while they toasted glasses of champagne and celebrated with friends and family.

Lindsey Vonn en route to victory.

An Interview With Lindsey Vonn

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Lindsey vs. Julia: Catfight?

One girl's a media darling with a banged up shin and a medley of World Cup victories. The other is a Victoria's Secret-style vixen with a bad back and a gold medal. Ski racer Lindsey Vonn wants what Julia Mancuso's already got: an Olympic gold. You can watch them go head to head during Wednesday's Olympic downhill in Whistler.

Lindsey's Brother's New Haircut

Vonn Bakes Banana Bread Before Today's Downhill

How does the best skier in the world prepare for today's Olympic downhill race? If you're Lindsey Vonn, you bake banana bread and shave your little brother's head. And your family gets together for a regular, 'ol Midwestern party—minus the karaoke and cheese curds.

Bec de Rosses

Freeride World Tour: Racer Julia Mancuso is Competing in the Verbier Xtreme

As if two Olympic silver medals wasn't enough, ski racer Julia Mancuso has decided to take on the Verbier Xtreme this weekend, the final stop on this year's Freeride World Tour. The venue for the big-mountain competition is the Bec de Rosses, a massive face filled with rocky cliff bands and no-fall zones. Find out why Julia is taking on the challenge.

Lindsey Vonn

Guide to the Olympics: Downhill

Like thoroughbred racing but with more cowbells, downhill races seem to be the most captivating event at the Olympics. Go to watch the Austrians and ski racing’s favorite girl, Lindsey Vonn.