Sochi 2014

Nichols wins winter gold to go with summer one

Updated March 17, 2010

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) Alana Nichols won the Paralympic sit-ski giant slalom to become the first American woman with gold medals in the summer and winter games.

Stephani Victor won her second silver for the United States in Tuesday's race, too.

Nichols finished with a combined time of 2 minutes, 57.57 seconds, 4.21 ahead of Victor. Japan's Kuniko Obinata won bronze.

"There was so much pressure up at the top," Nichols said, "I just put it out in faith and knew I had to ski what I had to ski ... It's all so intense, I can't even put it together right now, but coming down to the bottom was just amazing. I lost it."

Nichols also won with the U.S. wheelchair basketball team in Beijing.