Lindsey Vonn proves her medal

SHAWN SLAGHT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

LAKE LOUISE -- American Lindsey Vonn still owns Lake Louise.

But Canada's contingent of Speed Queens are making the most of their stop on home soil.

Fernie's Emily Brydon won a bronze medal and was one of three Canadians to finish in the top-15 yesterday at the second women's World Cup downhill race.

Vonn swept the downhill double, but Canada put on the pressure. Brydon got her second podium of the weekend while Britt Janyk was eighth, Kelly VanderBeek was 13th and Larisa Yurkiw was 16th.

"This is big having (three) girls in the top-15 and two podiums in two days for Emily," VanderBeek said. "It is really big for this team and gives us a lot of motivation.

"We worked so hard this summer and fall, and last year, we had a lot of stuff that didn't come together. Already, in two days, we've had more success than we've had all season."

Brydon is leading the way.

She said picking up two podium finishes on home soil -- a silver and a bronze -- ranks right up there with her first win.

"This weekend has been the highlight of my career," she said. "I can't compare it to my first win, but this has a lot of emotion in it."

For Brydon, it was just a matter of believing.

Friday's second-place finish in the downhill was very emotional. However, she showed less emotion yesterday.

"Today's result was more of the athletic passion," Brydon said. "I think it is a whole other thing to follow something up.

"My coach said, 'You know who champions are? They are people who can do it again,' and that was my inspiration."

In other Canadian results yesterday, Georgia Simmerling was 39th and Shona Rubens was 57th.

While snowfall shortened the course for the first of the two races, yesterday's downhill was full length.

"We did all three training runs from the top, so it was the length that we are used to," Janyk said. "It is a bit colder today, but it was a good race. Today, I thought I had a great run, and I put it together and was racing for the top spot."

Janyk finished in the top 10 twice, including an eighth-place finish Friday.

VanderBeek also put together two great downhill runs this weekend with two top-15 finishes. She had some troubles half way down the course but was able to pull it together for a 13th-place finish yesterday.

"About half way down, I actually had an ice patch in the middle of my goggles," VanderBeek said.

"I tried to wipe it off at Coaches Corner, but I couldn't get it off, it was inside my goggles so I was blind in one eye half way down. It was a little dodgy, to say the least."

The World Cup festivities wrap up at Lake Louise today with the women's Super G.

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