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Vonn wins women's World Cup downhill

Vonn wins women's World Cup downhill

American Lindsey Vonn extended her dominance at Lake Louise Friday, winning the first of two women’s World Cup downhills slated for the Canadian resort.

In a race disrupted by fog, Vonn clocked 1min 52.61sec to win her 27th World Cup downhill and her 12th at this venue in the Canadian Rockies.

American Stacey Cook was a distant second, 1.73sec back with Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather sharing third, 1.74sec behind Vonn.

The race was halted for an hour and a half because of poor visiblity after the run of starter number 25, Austrian Anna Fenninger. Vonn was already in the lead by then.

The 28-year-old American, who landed in the hospital earlier this month with a painful intestinal illness, looked quite like her normal self a week after she was clearly exhausted after competing in a giant slalom in Colorado.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who seized the World Cup overall lead with two giant slalom victories already this season, settled for 20th place.

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