By Patrick Lang
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Lindsey Vonn resumed her winning ways in her Lake Louise backyard by clinching her 12th race in the Canadian resort on Friday after a false start to the season.
Her 10th downhill victory on the Men’s Olympic piste was clocked in one minute and 52.61 seconds and the American’s first World Cup win of the winter was her 54th overall.
With her usual ease on a course she knows to perfection, Vonn left her nearest rival, compatriot Stacey Cook, a huge 1.73 seconds adrift, while Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather shared the third spot, 0.01 seconds further back.
The race was held in poor conditions of visibility and halted three times because of the fog – Swiss Lara Gut was even allowed to start again after being showed the yellow flag halfway down her run.
But the organizers still managed to have more than 30 skiers complete the course, the minimum amount of finishers for the results to be validated.
Vonn’s season start was hampered by a hand injury and stomach problems which forced her to spend time in hospital.
But she was back to her healthy dominating self in this first downhill of the winter and will again be the clear favourite in Saturday’s second downhill on the same course.
By contrast, World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia, winner of two giant slaloms this season, was a disappointing 18th, 3.26 behind Vonn.