Lindsey Vonn wasn't the fastest down the mountain today, but she stayed on her skis and won her second medal of the Olympic Games.
Vonn skied to a gutsy bronze in Saturday's super-G, falling behind Austria's Andrea Fischbacher and Slovenia's Tina Maze.
Vonn, who has already clinched the 2010 World Cup super-G discipline title with two races remaining, raced from the 17th spot and cruised to more than a half-second advantage over the field. She lost critical tenths on the bottom section, however, and Fischbacher held onto a more aggressive line two spots later for a .74-second lead.
"When I came down to the finish and saw No. 1 next to my name, I thought 'Hopefully, this is another gold medal,'" she said. "Obviously, that wasn't the case, but I did my best, and I'm definitely very, very proud of another Olympic medal."
Vonn, who won gold in the World Championship downhill and super-G a year ago, came into Vancouver with hopes for a medal and now has downhill gold and super-G bronze.
This was her third of five events on Whistler Mountain after she hooked a ski tip and crashed out of the slalom in yesterday's super-combined.
"I'm a double Olympic medalist, and that's a pretty cool thing to be able to say, she said. "I obviously would have loved to have a gold medal today, but Olympic medals are never very easy to come by."
Julia Mancuso, for a while, seemed poised to collect her third medal of these Games after storming out of the gate first for a lead that held through 12 skiers until Germany's Maria Reisch beat her out by .04 seconds.
"When I watched Maria's run and she beat me by four-hundredths, I was bummed. But she beat me by a second in the section I made my mistake."
Nonetheless, Mancuso owns the most medals ever by a U.S. woman after adding silvers in downhill and super combined to her giant slalom gold in Torino.
"I have nothing to lose," she said. "I'm really, really proud of my Olympic career so far—a gold and two silvers. I'm not going into the GS ranked the best, but I've been training well and skiing really well. And I'm excited to go in there and give my best."
Mancuso and Vonn will try to add to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team's medal count when they return to Franz's Run for the giant slalom on Wednesday, with the first run at 10 a.m. PT.
"I don't have any regrets on any of my races here," Vonn said. "I definitely gave it everything I had every day. Especially on super-G, it's difficult. If you look back, you can always find places where you could have made up time, but having only one inspection and no training runs, it's difficult to always know how aggressive you can ski and how the line is going to run and what the speed is going to be.
"Given the circumstances—a lot of girls had trouble today—and given everything, I think today was a really solid result."