Lindsey Vonn's forced absence from Sochi allows room for others to shine

By Howard Fendrich

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28 2014 8:07 a.m. MST

AMERICAN VETERANS: The U.S. left Vancouver with eight Alpine medals, their best showing at an Olympics and twice as many as any other nation collected in 2010. That won't be easy to replicate, especially without Vonn, but there are folks with plenty of experience and success on the team, including Ligety (an Olympic gold medalist in 2006, and three-time world champion in 2013), Bode Miller (owner of five Olympic medals, including three in 2010 — gold in super-combined, silver in super-G, bronze in downhill), and Julia Mancuso (one gold in 2006, two silvers in 2010).

AP Sports Writers Pat Graham in Beaver Creek, Colo., Andrew Dampf in Bormio, Italy, and Graham Dunbar in St. Moritz, Switzerland, contributed to this report. Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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