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Mancuso leads after first super-combined run; Gagnon 21st

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2/10/2014 3:48:57 AM
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Julia Mancuso gave herself a shot to win yet another Olympic medal on Monday morning in Sochi, taking the lead in women's super-combined after the first of two runs.

Mancuso stayed true to her reputation as a skier who rises to the occasion in big events, crossing nearly a half-second faster than all other competitors in the downhill run at Rosa Khutor.

Mancuso's time was one minute, 42.68 seconds.

The Reno, Nev., native has three career Olympic medals, including a silver in the super-combi at the Vancouver Olympics.

The 29-year-old has struggled this season, with her last World Cup podium in March 2013, .

She will now hope to fend off skiers who are better in the slalom, in a run that will take place at 6 a.m. ET.

At the very least, she's laid claim to top contender status for Wednesday's downhill.

The rest of the top 5 after the first run includes some of the best women's skiers of recent years: Lara Gut of Switzerland is in second, followed by Tina Maze of Slovenia, Anna Fenninger of Austria, and defending Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

Nicole Hosp of Austria, 2006 Olympic silver medallist in the slalom, still has a shot at the podium after an eighth place showing in the downhill.

Marie-Michèle Gagnon, the lone Canadian in the event, sits in 21st place.

Gagnon generally does not compete in the downhill during the World Cup season. She has four top 5 finishes in the slalom within the past year, and will need that kind of performance in the second run and some breaks elsewhere to be a factor.

The 24-year-old Lac-Etchemin, Que., native won a super-combined event in January, but it was comprised of a super-G and slalom.

 

Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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