Mancuso 5th American woman with 2 Alpine medals in same Games |

Mancuso 5th American woman with 2 Alpine medals in same Games

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Julia Mancuso of the United States is wrapped in a American flag after winning the silver medal in the Women's downhill event, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Wednesday

WHISTLER, British Columbia – Lake Tahoe’s Julia Mancuso has become just the fifth American woman to win two Alpine medals in the same Olympics.

The 25-year-old Californian who trains at Squaw Valley south of Truckee claimed her second silver medal Thursday, finishing as the runner-up to Germany’s Maria Riesch in the women’s super-combined.

It marks the first U.S. medal in women’s Olympic combined or super-combined since Gretchen Fraser got silver at the 1948 St. Moritz Games.

Mancuso moved up a place after being third-fastest in the downhill leg at Whistler, British Columbia. She jumped for joy after finishing her slalom run and then fell back on the snow, her skis in the air.

Lindsey Vonn lost her bid for a second gold medal when she missed a gate and fell in the slalom.

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