After sitting in first place after the downhill run, Julia Mancuso knew she had to pull out something special in the slalom to find herself on the medal stand for the women's super combined.
"I really thought I was blowing it in slalom," Mancuso said after her bronze medal performance. "I had a great downhill run and knew there was nothing to lose."
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany had a flawless run to put her into first place right in front of Nicole Hosp of Austria. Mancuso, who seldom participates in slalom, fought her way down the course to finish just over half a second behind Hoefl-Riesch.
Her medal gives her four career Olympic medals. She won two silvers in Vancouver and a gold in Turin. Mancuso also competed in the the women's downhill this afternoon but was unable to secure a medal finishing in eighth place.
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