Germany''s Riesch wins second alpine gold at Olympics

WHISTLER: Maria Riesch could have been excused for indulging in wild celebrations after outshining Lindsey Vonn by capturing a second Olympic Alpine skiing gold medal.

"I''m really proud. It''s unbelievable that I''m winning the gold medal today," Riesch told reporters after following up her super combined triumph last week to become the most successful Alpine skier of the Vancouver Games.

The modest German, however, refrained from yelling and jumping up and down too much in the finish area after braving awful conditions to claim the final women''s event, the slalom.

The tall 25-year-old immediately went to hug her tearful young sister Susanne, who was in the hunt for a medal when she crashed out in the second run.

"It was our big wish to be on the Olympic podium together, and she was close to it. And it''s just normal that I''m also sad for her, and she can''t be hundred percent happy with me, and I understand this for sure. But I think she had some bad hours this afternoon, but now she''s okay again," Riesch said about her sister.

Riesch''s mother Monika and her father Sigi, cheering for their daughters on another miserable day of fog and snow at Whistler, also had mixed feelings.

A gifted all-rounder, Riesch could also have pointed out that she had done better than Vonn, who straddled a gate in the first run and will leave the Games with just two medals, gold in the downhill and bronze for Super-G.

"I didn''t really calculate on this, because slalom has not been my most consistent discipline this season. Lots of the specialists are getting better and better in the slalom again, and so I was hoping that I could maybe do another medal, but winning another gold is incredible," Riesch said, without commenting on Vonn -- one of her closest friends and rivals on the circuit.

Riesch mentioned that Vonn had congratulated her, but the two have not yet had time to really talk.

Riesch earned Germany''s women their third Alpine skiing gold medal of the Games, with Viktoria Rebensburg winning the giant slalom, and their best overall Olympic result since Katja Seizinger and Hilde Gerg took three titles at the 1998 Games.

There is more to look forward to for Riesch in the near future with her home town, the Bavarian Alps resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, hosting the world championships next year.