NEWS UPDATE: Norway wins its seventh gold medal of the Winter Olympics on Thursday in the women's 4x5km cross country relay, with Germany second and Finland third. German Viktoria Rebensburg posts a surprise win in women's giant slalom, ahead of Slovenia's Tina Maze and Austrian Elisabeth Goergl, while American skier Julia Mancuso finishes in eighth place.
American Lindsay Vonn spun out and crashed on her first Giant Slalom run Wednesday at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and teammate Julia Mancuso's first run was truncated by race officials. Dense fog and falling snow at Whistler forced the officials to postpone the second run to Thursday morning.
U.S. skiers Sarah Schleper and Mancuso are 14th and 18th after the first run.
Mancuso, the 2006 Olympic champion, had already begun her run when Vonn spun out on a right-hand turn and got tangled up in the netting. Mancuso was flagged off, took a snowmobile ride up to the top, and had to start again in worsened conditions.
"It was the worst possible thing that could happen," Mancuso said. "I had been looking forward to defending my Olympic title for a long time. I was focused and ready, and then I had to regroup and try again."
Mancuso finished the make-up run 1.30 back of first-round leader Elisabeth Goergl of Austria, leaving her with a lot of ground to make up Thursday.
"Ski racing can be totally unpredictable and frustrating like it was today," Mancuso said. "The only thing I can do now is go out and attack tomorrow like I was in the first run today."
Vonn suffered a non-displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of the small finger on her right hand, according to U.S. Olympic Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Moeller. A decision about her participation in Friday's slalom has not been made.
"The course is breaking up at the bottom," Vonn said. "I got a little bit too inside and lost my outside ski. My knee came up and hit my chin. I got all tangled up and hit the fence."
Men's 4x10k Cross Country Relay; Sweden won the gold in men's 4x10k cross country relay for a record fifth time on Wednesday. Norway won silver, and the Czech Republic won bronze.
Lydia Lassila of Australia won gold in Women's Freestyle Aerials. China's Li Nina and Guo Xinxin won silver and bronze.
Skiing and snowboarding medal events scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 are: Women's GS; Nordic Combined (Individual Large Hill and 10K Cross Country); and Men's Freestyle Aerials.
(Sources: Wire services, VANOC, and U.S. Ski Team.)