American skier Mancuso will sit out slalom

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Bode Miller of the United States reacts after skiing out, during the first run of the Men's giant slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010.

WHISTLER, British Columbia --- Content with her two silver medals, Julia Mancuso has decided not to enter Friday's slalom.


"They asked if I wanted to race and it's my decision," she said Tuesday of her discussions with the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff. "It's just a lot of work to race another Olympic event, and as good as my slalom is, I honestly don't feel like it's good enough for a medal."

Mancuso opened the Vancouver Games by finishing second to teammate Lindsey Vonn in the downhill, then finished behind gold medalist Maria Riesch in the super-combined.

Mancuso has one race remaining, today's giant slalom, in which she is defending champion.

PLATINUM DENIAL: Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko isn't awarding himself a new medal. Or creating one, for that matter.

Reports said a picture of the Olympic silver medalist's latest prize was labeled "platinum of Vancouver" on Plushenko's Web site. His medal from the Salt Lake City Games was properly identified as silver.

Agent Ari Zakarian said no one had authority to do this "stupid thing," and Plushenko himself was not aware of it.

RUSSIAN TO PLAY: Russian general manager Vladislav Tretiak says Sergei Zinovyev will play in the quarterfinals against Canada today.

The forward practiced Tuesday, two days after injuring his left leg. He was hurt when Olympic and KHL teammate Alexander Radulov boarded a Czech into him, bending his left leg.

THE REAL THING: Pakistan's first Winter Olympian started skiing by strapping two planks of pine wood to his rubber boots with thick rubber bands, then zipping down a tiny slope near his home.

Muhammad Abbas had real equipment in Tuesday's giant slalom. Though he finished in 79th place, that could hardly dampen his spirit.

"Raced good," he said.

The accomplishment of being at the Olympics is something he thinks is an "unbelievable honor," said his coach and interpreter, Zahid Farooq .



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