Lindsey Vonn Wins World Cup Women’s Downhill Race

Lindsey Vonn -Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup Women’s downhill Friday at Lake Louise for her ninth career victory at the resort.

The American star finished in 1 minute, 53.19 seconds to beat Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather by 1.95 seconds — the largest victory margin in her downhill career.

Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin was third in 1:55.29.

“I mean, 2 seconds, that’s crazy,” Gisin said. “We will try to be a little bit closer to Lindsey tomorrow. That’s probably the only thing you can hope for.”

Vonn has won at least one race at Lake Louise in eight straight years.

“I just have always had such a good feeling here,” said Lindsey, fourth on the women’s career list with 43 World Cup victories. “That track suits me so well. I feel at home. It can’t be more peaceful and amazing with the mountains here. I would prefer to have every race here in Lake Louise, but I don’t think they’ll let me.”

After the second downhill Saturday, a super-G is set for Sunday.

Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion, recently announced that she and her husband of four years, Thomas Vonn, are divorcing. Her husband had overseen many aspects of her career.

“Right now, skiing is the best thing for me,” Lindsey said Friday. “When I’m on my skis and on the mountain, I feel calm and feel comfortable.

“I love skiing. I love going fast. I love downhill. Today, even if I didn’t win, I think just racing and being on the mountain is what I need.”

Von, 27, credited her U.S. teammates and her rivals on the World Cup circuit for rallying around her, singling out Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who beat Vonn by three points for the overall title last season.