Vonn wins 13th World Cup race
By JUSTIN PARSONS, QMI Agency
|Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. celebrates winning her second Women's World Cup Downhill skiing in Lake Louise, Alberta December 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)
CALGARY - LAKE LOUISE — A fall near the top of the Lake Louise downhill course wasn’t enough to stop Lindsey Vonn from once again dominating the competition in Saturday’s World Cup women’s downhill ski race.
The race, the second of the weekend, saw Vonn recover from a fall and finish the course with a winning time of one minute, 52.90 seconds.
U.S. teammate Stacey Cook finished second with a time of 1:53.42, with Switzerland’s Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden finishing third at 1:53.52.
Taking her 13th win at Lake Louise, it wasn’t the first time Vonn had recovered from an error to win on her favourite course.
“It definitely wasn’t as good of a run as (Friday). It was difficult again with the conditions — the light was flat,” Vonn said.
“I’ve been in similar situations before in the past where I made mistakes. It’s never over until I cross the finish line, so even though I made that mistake (Saturday), I knew that if I kept fighting on the bottom, there was a chance I could make up the time.”
After consecutive wins on both downhill races this weekend, Vonn has set herself up for a sweep of all three events this weekend, a feat she accomplished last year.
Meanwhile, Canada’s lone female downhill skier, Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., suffered another frustrating placement after two days of poor weather delayed her starts both Friday and Saturday. Yurkiw finished with a time of 1:58.57, placing her 47th out of 48 racers who finished the course. Yurkiw endured similar weather-related delays during Friday’s race, in which she placed 44th.
“I just tried to stick to my plan even though challenges arose and the weather set in. I stuck to my plan, and I skied well, but that was just the cards I was dealt,” said Yurkiw, who was saddled with the unenviable position of being the last racer down the hill both days.
“It’s definitely not preferable to be delayed like that. I would have loved to do the Canadian crowd proud and myself too, but that’s the outdoor sport for you.”
Canada will have a slightly more significant presence on the hill for the Super-G event Sunday, the last race of the World Cup stop in Lake Louise. Yurkiw will be joined by teammates Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que. and Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Saint-Sauveur, Que.