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Mancuso leads downhill run in Olympic super-combi

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Julia Mancuso showed yet again she’s a big-game player by leading the downhill portion of the Olympic super-combined on Monday.

The American skier sped down the 2.7-kilometer (1.69-mile) Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 42.68 seconds, 0.47 faster than second-place Lara Gut of Switzerland.

The medals will be decided after a slalom run later Monday.

Mancuso has a best finish of seventh in World Cup races this season but owns three Olympic medals – including super-combined silver four years ago – and five world championships medals.

She shrieked with delight while skiing across the finish area, stretching both arms up and twirling her right ski pole.

Tina Maze of Slovenia was third fastest, 0.86 back, and is typically strong in slalom.

Defending Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was fifth.

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