KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia Laurenne Ross pushed past her Olympic nerves on Wednesday and finished a strong 11th in the women s downhill at the Sochi Games.
Ross, 25, of Bend, Ore., was seventh out of the gate and finished the technical 2,713-meter course in 1:42:68.
Teammate Jacqueline Wiles, 21, of Canby, Ore., but currently residing in Park City, Utah, was the second woman to start and finished 26th in 1:44:25.
I was nervous, Ross said after the race. It s totally crazy to be here. I definitely got nervous but I turned that into excitement.
In a surprise turn of events, Tina Maze of Slovenia finished in 1:41.57, matching the time Dominique Gisin of Switzerland had posted earlier. They will each receive a gold medal. Lara Gut of Switzerland was one-tenth of a second slower and claimed the bronze.
Julia Mancuso, a medal favorite, finished eighth, in 1:42:56; Stacey Cook of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., was 17th (1:43:05).
Ross, who lost a ski during the downhill race in Monday s super combined and did not finish, said she was happy with her performance on Wednesday.
I definitely was charging and took some risks and made a few mistakes and got tossed around a little but I m happy with my attitude and how I went about it, she said.