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Lindsey Vonn returns safely to racing in Lake Louise
Lindsey Vonn safely made it down the mountain in her first competition in 10 months, finishing 40th out of 61 skiers at a World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.
The Olympic downhill champion completed the course in 1 minute, 59.22 seconds, and was in 26th place after 30 of 61 scheduled starters. German Maria Hoefl-Riesch won in 1:56.03 (results at bottom).
Vonn, 29, skied her first race since blowing out her right knee at the World Championships in February and partially tearing her right ACL on Nov. 19.
The Lake Louise World Cup stop continues with a downhill on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET) and a super-G on Sunday (1 p.m.). Vonn is expected to race in both. Universal Sports will have coverage.
Vonn decided to race this weekend following a training run Wednesday. She said her right knee felt “stable.”
She’s skiing at a course nicknamed “Lake Lindsey” for her overwhelming success there. She’s won the last seven World Cup races at Lake Louise. She hasn’t finished lower than second at a Lake Louise race since 2008.
“You kinda know if your body is ready or not, and I feel ready,” Vonn said Thursday, according to USA Today. “It’s been a long time coming, but when I come here it doesn’t feel as if I’ve been gone that long. It feels like the start of a new season.”
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The rest of the U.S. women have performed poorly in early-season speed races after putting six in the top 16 in last season’s downhill standings.
Olympic downhill silver medalist Julia Mancuso was 26th on Friday. Stacey Cook, fourth in the World Cup downhill standings last season, followed in 39th. Leanne Smith and Laurenne Ross, who made World Cup podiums last season, were 49th and 56th.
U.S. Ski Team B squad skier Julia Ford moved up from bib 56 to finish 21st, while fellow youngster, Jacqueline Wiles, started 53rd and finished 32nd.
In three speed races this season, the top U.S. finish is 19th.
Lake Louise Downhill
1. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) 1:56.03
2. Maria Kaufmann-Abderhalden (SUI) 1:56.73
3. Elena Fanchini (ITA) 1:57.23
4. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 1:57.30
5. Nadja Jnglin-Kamer (SUI) 1:57.54
6. Tina Maze (SLO) 1:57.57
7. Larisa Yurkiw (CAN) 1:57.66
7. Stefanie Moser (AUT) 1:57.66
9. Carolina Ruiz Castillo (ESP) 1:57.76
10. Lara Gut (SUI) 1:57.79
21. Julia Ford (USA) 1:58.51
26. Julia Mancuso (USA) 1:58.66
32. Jacqueline Wiles (USA) 1:58.95
39. Stacey Cook (USA) 1:59.20
40. Lindsey Vonn (USA) 1:59.22
49. Leanne Smith (USA) 2:00.01
54. Katie Ryan (USA) 2:00.85
56. Laurenne Ross (USA) 2:01.00
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