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Hofel-Riesch wins Super Combined again, bronze for Julia Mancuso

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Germany's Maria Hofel-Riesch overcame a one-second deficit to American Julia Mancuso to win her second straight gold in the Super Combined while Mancuso held on for the bronze.

Mancuso had a great first half of the Super Combined, leading after the downhill portion by 0.47 seconds, a large margin in skiing. She was 1.04 ahead of Riesch.

But in the second half of the combined competition, the slalom, Riesch blazed down the course and put the pressure on Mancuso. With the top time from the downhill, Mancuso went last so had a time to shoot for but she was unable to beat it.

Mancuso's stronger of the two pursuits in the Super Combined is the downhill. She hadn't competed in the slalom this year before Monday's final and it showed some as she had a few minor issues in her run. Still, thanks to her big lead from the downhill, it was good enough to finish with a total time of 2:35.15, 0.53 seconds behind Riesch to earn a medal.

Riesch had a great slalom run to win the gold again. (Getty Images)
Riesch had a great slalom run to win the gold again. (Getty Images)

It was the second straight Olympic medal in the Super Combined for Mancuso. She earned the silver in Vancouver to Riesch's gold four years ago. For Mancuso, it adds to what has been a banner Olympic career.

Austria's Nicole Hosp won the silver medal, 0.40 seconds behind Riesch.

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