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One Bad Crash Hurts Two U.S. Ski Stars 30

  • Posted by: Caroline Thayer
  • February 26, 2010, 12:48 PM


Early this week at the Olympics in Vancouver, the competition between two rivals resulted in a bad ending. 

Lindsey Vonn, the 26-year-old top skier for the U.S., was competing in the giant slalom when she lost all control and tumbled into a blue net on the slope. Unfortunately, Vonn broke her finger. But this wasn’t the only problem that would arise on the course.

Julia Mancuso followed her teammate, but because of the 60 seconds time spans in between each of the women’s starts, there wasn’t enough time to alert Julia of Lindsey’s accident.

Now of course, there is always going to be rivalry between two girls competing for the same country and for the top spot. Julia was waved down in the middle of her timed race, signaling that she should stop because Lindsey wasn’t fully out of the way. Julia was extremely upset by having to stop in the middle of her race, and wouldn’t you be too if you were “in the zone” and “going for gold,” but were abruptly stopped?

Julia was allowed to restart her race, but it wasn’t like she was next in line to go back on the course. She had to wait. Unfortunately, she didn’t do well on her “redo” shot at gold. She didn’t even place. Let me just say that Julia wasn’t the happiest person in Vancouver that day. She wasn’t exactly pleased that Lindsey was the cause of her stopping.

Now when I first heard about this story, my immediate response wasn’t, “she is being a poor sport”, but why didn’t the officials stop her from going down the course if they knew something had gone wrong below?

First, not everyone is perfect, and clearly the officials can not do everything right. But the officials couldn’t get the job done here because the accident happened almost at the same time as Julia started.

The second thing I thought about is how angry Julia must have been for wanting to win a gold so badly, but then she said some bad things about her teammate. There is no excuse for poor sportsmanship, and Julia should never have let her emotions get the best of her.

Though it is hard to not win after all that training, she should have been more accepting that Lindsey was injured and caused her to stop, and there was nothing she could do about it.

Below, you guys can post comments on this unfortunate Olympic race and your reactions to everything that happened in Vancouver.

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30 Comments

now that wipout.

must hurt

first of all, Vonn, knowin dat she had an injured shin, convinced herself (or so I've heard) to try this event with da injury. ALL IVE GOT 2 SAY IS THAT IT WAS STUPID DAT VONN TRIED DAT EVENT, WIPED OUT, AND Now HAS ANOTHER INJURY 2 DEAL WITH, SO SUCKS 2 B u LINDSAY, AND THANX 4 COSTIN US DAT GOLD @ VANCOUVER!!!!!!

u talk 2 much i just want u 2 no dat

Linsey Rule!!!!!!!!!!

i know! but its LINDSEY

not 2 be meen but dat is just funnny lol

shame on u ;(

that must hurt

Poor vonn! I say poor mancuso. because of that she didnt finish

thats gotta hurt

agreed

i know
that hurts

That musta hurt a lot!!!!!!!!

the good thing is you got a medel

Julia Mancuso should've been standing on the top platform, but instead, she was called back and didn't do as well. That really stinks for her.

that's too bad that lindsey got hurt. at least she got gold in downhill.

I NOW RIGHT?!?!

I NOW RIGHT?!?!

That really stinks... Bode Miller is the best!!!

no he isnt

uhh no he IS NOT

i know that must stink but vonn did kind of ruin it for Julia. But it is also the officials fault for not taking the precaution of stopping julia from going. Oh well bad sports do kind of ruin the day....... go Lindsay

cool

Sorry, I have no comments.

GOOD VIDEIO.LINSEY VONN RULES.

ouch

I know that must of totaly

poor lindsay... imagine if that happened to you!

ouch...

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