Feb 17, 2010 10:01 PM
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) - Lindsey Vonn lived up to expectations and won the Olympic downhill Wednesday, and childhood rival and American teammate Julia Mancuso took a surprise silver medal.
In a race characterized by several crashes - including one to Swedish standout Anja Paerson - Vonn's bruised right shin proved not to be a hindrance as she sped down Franz's Downhill in 1 minute, 44.19 seconds.
Mancuso finished 0.56 seconds behind, and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria took the bronze medal, 1.46 seconds back.
Maria Riesch of Germany, Vonn's usual rival of late and best friend, finished eighth.
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