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After finishing her first run, Mancuso remained in the finish area for a little while and then left in tears.
"I know she was disappointed, and I know that she was mad, and probably frustrated, and probably mad at me," Vonn said, holding a plastic bag of ice on her right pinkie. "But I can't help that I fell. I wanted to finish."
Mancuso posted an angry tweet shortly after her run. She later toned it down: "that yellow flag in the GS was such... I just want to scream. I'm really miffed. Anyway, gotta take that energy and focus it for 2nd run."
Later in the evening, once the day's events had played out, Mancuso posted yet another tweet: "been hearing lots of people thinking I'm mad at Lindsey for crashing... thats just ridiculous! bummed about the situation...not Lindsey."
A feud between the U.S. teammates?
Mancuso was quoted by SI.com as saying, "People are having a hard time reaching their potential because it's such a struggle for attention. You come to meetings after races and it's like it's a bad day if Lindsey didn't do well."
Asked about it later, Vonn said: "I try to support Julia as much as I support all the other teammates. I've been racing with Julia since I was a little kid, and yes, we're competitors, but I always support her and it definitely has hurt me that she said some negative things about me, and all I can do is continue to support her like I always have been and hope that she reciprocates that. ... It just bums me out."
At the end of a long and odd day, Mancuso was prodded again to talk about Vonn. She held her tongue.
"Of course, I wish I could have this morning happen over," Mancuso said. "That was probably the worst possible thing that could happen in the Olympics -- to get flagged on ... your defending gold medal run."
The postponement did at least give Mancuso a little breather. She didn't have to take what would have amounted to a third run.
"I'll be a little fresher," Mancuso said.
The giant slalom is Vonn's worst event -- she never has finished higher than fourth in a World Cup GS -- but she began Wednesday's opening leg aggressively, reaching the third checkpoint with more than a third of a second advantage over Goergl.
Then she lost control around a sharp right turn. Her knee slammed against her chin before she crashed backward into the safety netting.
"If she came down holding that lead, that would've been something to talk about," said Thomas Vonn, who serves as his wife's adviser and coach. "It's just unfortunate. You've got to get it through the finish. She did 90 percent of the work and it just fell apart on that one gate. ... It's really frustrating sometimes."
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