Lindsey Vonn wins at Lake Louise

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn speeds past a gate in the fog  during the first  Women's World Cup Downhill...

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn speeds past a gate in the fog during the first Women's World Cup Downhill skiing race of the season in Lake Louise, Alberta, November 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

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, Last Updated: 11:49 PM ET

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.

But despite her considerable lead, Vonn insisted it had been a hard race given her season start was hampered by a hand injury and stomach problems which forced her to spend time in hospital.


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