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Julia Mancuso takes women’s super combined bronze; Maria Hoefl-Riesch wins gold

Sochi Olympics Alpine Skiing Women

Women’s supercombined medal winners from left, Austria’s Nicole Hosp, silver, Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, gold, and United States’ Julia Mancuso, bronze, celebrate at the Alpine ski venue at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Christophe Ena

Julia Mancuso’s lead from the downhill portion of the super-combined wasn’t strong enough to grab her gold, but it did get her to the podium.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold (2:34.62), Nicole Hosp grabbed silver (2:35.02) and Mancuso registered a time of 2:34.15. Mancuso has now won a medal in 3 Olympics and is the most decorated female Olympic skier in U.S. history with four overall (Lindsey Vonn has two).

WATCH: Mancuso edges in for downhill bronze

Mancuso, 29, fell .53 short of Hoefl-Riesch after bringing a .47 lead over the field from the first half. (Hoefl-Riesch made up a lot of time in the slalom, as she was more than a second behind Mancuso’s time in downhill).

The U.S. skier barely edged Tina Maze for a medal, beating her by .10.

Mancuso continues to bolster her reputation as a clutch skier, something Bode Miller referenced on Twitter:

Picabo Street was also ecstatic for Mancuso:

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