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Rest of Gagnon's Olympics in question

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According to Sportsnet on Monday, Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec was taken to hospital after falling in the slalom portion of the women's Olympic super combined alpine skiing race.

Intitial reports are that Gagnon suffered a shoulder injury and it is safe to say the rest of her Olympic Winter Games are in question.

Gagnon was not in contention for a medal at the time of her fall because she struggled in the women's downhill portion of the event. Gagnon's time of 1:45.39 was only the 21st fastest in the downhill and was 2.71 seconds back of Julia Mancuso of the United States.

Gagnon won her first World Cup race in Altenmarkt, Austria on January 12 in the women's super combined and was expected to contend for a medal in Sochi even though she is a stronger super giant slalom racer than a downhill racer.

Gagnon was to compete and be a medal contender in the women's slalom on February 21 and the women's giant slalom on February 19.

In the women's combined on Monday, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won the gold medal, followed by Nicole Hosp of Austria with the silver medal and Julia Mancuso of the United States with the bronze medal.



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