Renzhin disappoints at Winter Olympics

Laura Spector

Laura Spector

Skier Michael Renzhin finished a disappointing 55th in the men's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Crossing the tape in a combined time of 2:53:81, the Israeli finished nearly 16 seconds behind champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland. America's Bode Miller, who has already won three golds, was eliminated from contention after skiing off-course during his first run.

Laura Spector raced the final leg for the USA in the women's 4x6 biathlon relay, but was unable to prevent the team finishing a disappointing 17th, out of an entry of 19.

Their time of 1:15:47 was over six minutes behind winners Russia. The 22-year-old Spector, who is a student of Jewish studies, finished 77th and 65th in her individual events at Whistler's Olympic Park.

Bobsledder Steve Mesler will have to wait till near the end of the Games to have his shot at winning a medal.

The Buffalo native will compete in his third Olympics in Friday's four-man bobsleigh, with his best result so far being 7th in Turin, four years ago.

    Last updated: 10:27am, February 24 2010