Edward Stoner
Vail, CO Colorado

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December 6, 2009
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Lake Louise is confidence booster for Lindsey Vonn

VAIL, Colorado - Vail's Lindsey Vonn continued her domination of Lake Louise, Alberta, on Sunday, finishing second in the World Cup super-G.

That showing came after back-to-back downhill wins Friday and Saturday there.

"It was a good way to get my confidence back up again after a disappointing weekend in Aspen," Vonn said Sunday. "I know I've been skiing well in training, and it hadn't been showing through in my results. This weekend was just what I was hoping for, and it was a perfect way to start the speed races and gives me a lot of confidence going forward, especially for the technical races. Hopefully, I'll carry that confidence right over."

In Aspen last weekend, Vonn hit a rock in the giant slalom and finished 39th, and then failed to finish in the slalom. But any resulting concerns about the state of Vonn's skiing were put to rest with her showing in Lake Louise, where she has now won seven World Cup downhills.

"I just think this course and the hill suit my strengths," she said. "I had a lot of confidence from having good results here for the last few years. And it just gives you a lot of peace of mind when you're standing in the start and know exactly what to do and what line to take."

Vonn hit her knee on her chin during her run Friday, causing her to bite her tongue. She crossed the finish line with blood pouring from her mouth, creating a unique celebration shot for photographers.

"I think it looks pretty gross," Vonn said of the photo. "It was really the only time I've ever had blood coming out of my face after crossing the finish line. It was a cool race. It was tough, and it was tough conditions. I made a mistake and obviously cut my tongue open, but I kept fighting and I was really happy to get the win that day."

Vonn returned to live in Vail this fall as part of a sponsorship deal with Vail Resorts. She is living in the Arrabelle at Vail Square and spent the early season training on Vail Mountain.

"It's been great being back in Vail again," Vonn said. "I've had such a good fall there. We had fantastic training at Gold Peak. They had the hill ready for me to do private training, essentially, from the start of November on. It was so great to be able to walk out my door and go right up to Gold Peak and train as much as I needed to and get all the information and testing with the skis done that I need to and go right back home. ... It's definitely a great feeling to be part of the Vail community again."

The Minnesota native came to Vail as a young girl to train with then-Ski Club Vail. In the last few years, she was based out of Utah before striking the deal to return to Vail.

Vonn and the women's team head to Are, Sweden, next week, and will tour around World Cup stops in Europe through January.

She likely won't be back in Vail before she has to head to the Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, in February, she said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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