Surprises in women’s combined event

18th February 2010, by Chris Gill

Chemmy Alcott in action  [Vancouver]

Chemmy Alcott in action [Vancouver]

Sweden’s Anja Pearson has stunned the Whistler crowds to win an Olympic bronze medal in the women’s super combined competition – despite a limping away from a serious crash in Wednesday’s downhill event.

Pearson put in a tremendous slalom run to secure third place behind gold medal winner Maria Riesch of Germany, and silver medallist Julia Mancuso – achieving her second silver medal of the Games, following success in the downhill.

Britain’s Chemmy Alcott finished in 11th place to equal her Olympic best performance, a great performance from the talented skier. Alcott had a disappointing downhill, but stormed the slalom course to move her up seven places.

The last to go in the combined event was Lyndsey Vonn, hoping for her second gold of the Games. But the crowd was silenced when Vonn’s right ski caught a pole and she fell. The hugely disappointed Vonn made her way to the finish line, but it was all over.

‘It didn’t go my way today, but that’s ski racing. I wish I could have made it to the bottom. My shin’s killing me. It’s hurting so bad,’ she said.

[Inset pic: a delighted Anja Pearson]

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