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U.S. skier Julia Mancuso wins bronze in women’s super-combined

U.S. skier Julia Mancuso again lived up to her reputation as a big-event racer Monday and added to her illustrious career at major championships.

Mancuso, 29, won her fourth Olympic medal by taking the bronze in the women’s super-combined — one leg of downhill and one leg of slalom — in springlike conditions that she is accustomed to back home in Squaw Valley, Calif.

No other U.S. female skier — not Lindsey Vonn, who isn’t competing in Sochi because of recent knee surgery, nor former great Picabo Street — has more than two Olympic medals. In fact, only four female skiers in history — Janica Kostelic of Croatia and Anja Paerson of Sweden with six and Vreni Schnei-
of Switzerland and Katja Sei-
of Germany with five — have more Olympic medals than Mancuso.

‘‘It’s pretty cool,’’ Mancuso said of her place in Olympic history. ‘‘Skiing and growing up with Lindsey, who’s just amazing on the World Cup [circuit] and breaking records left and right there, to have something that I can break
records in at the same time is fun and exciting for me. It’s a totally different thing, but these are great accomplishments that I’m really proud of.’’

Mancuso, who won the silver medal in the event at the Vancouver Games in 2010, had the fastest run in the downhill at 1 minute, 42.68 seconds but was 13th in the slalom at 52.47 seconds for a combined time of 2:35.15. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won the gold medal in the event for the second consecutive Olympics in 2:34.62, and Nicole Hosp of Austria took the silver in 2:35.02.

‘‘To be honest, I thought I was blowing it in slalom,’’ Mancuso said. ‘‘But I knew to just fight to the finish because you have no idea. . . . Crossing the finish line, just seeing my name in the top three, it didn’t even matter that I could have been better. All that mattered was crossing the finish line with a solid run. Of course, getting another medal is really a dream come true.’’


U.S. crushes Switzerland 9-0

Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel scored in a 55-second span of the first period as the United States romped to a 9-0 victory against Switzerland. It was the quickest three-goal sequence in Olympic history, with the latter two coming only eight seconds apart.

Kessel, Lamoureux and Kendall Coyne all scored twice for the United States, and Molly Schaus needed to make only 10 saves en route to the shutout.

With a 2-0 record in round-robin play, the United States is in position to earn a spot in the medal round, regardless of what happens in its game Wednesday against Canada. That is considered the marquee matchup of the round robin and a preview of the gold-medal game.


Dutch treat in men’s 500

Michel Mulder led a sweep by the Netherlands of the men’s 500 meters, edging Jan Smeekens by .012 seconds. Mulder’s identical twin brother, Ronald, earned the bronze.

It was the first gold medal in the event for the Netherlands, which became the first country to take the top three spots in the most furious race in the sport.


Lolo out of quarantine

U.S. bobsledder Lolo Jones spent the last couple of days stuck in her room in the Olympic Village because of cold symptoms.

On Monday, she tweeted: ‘‘Just released . . . been in quarantine room in Olympic village. Single room was nice. Just wish I had
one of those stray dogs to keep me company.’’

U.S. Bobsled Federation officials aren’t worried, though. ­Official training doesn’t begin until Friday, and the first two heats are next Tuesday. They wanted Jones to rest and make sure others didn’t get sick.

Sun-Times wires

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