Vail’s Vonn second again at Lake Louise |

Vail’s Vonn second again at Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn made spectacular athletic recovery Saturday to finish second in downhill again at Lake Louise leading a pack of seven Americans into the top 25. A

Audi World Cup leader Maria Riesch of Germany earned back-to-back downhill wins as Julia Mancuso posted another solid result with sixth.

On a critical left turn midway down the course, Vonn’s skis released from the snow sending her sailing through the air sideways. The three-time World Cup downhill champion then landed hard on her left hip, immediately bounced up, regained her tuck and continued to charge missing the win by a mere 0.1 seconds.

“I realized I was on my hip and thought I was going into the fence and I just kept thinking ‘get back up, get back up, get back up,'” said Vonn, who attributed the save to her rigorous off season conditioning program. “Somehow I caught my edge and was able to stand back up. Once I was on my feet again I just kept thinking ‘make up time.'”

The race is now available for on-demand streaming on Universal Sports, including a highlight clip of the Vonn’s incredible recovery.

“She had probably one of the most amazing recoveries in the history of ski racing,” said American speed head coach Chip White. “She was completely laid out onto her side coming into Fall Away, skipped through the air and was able to get back to her feet. Honestly I thought she was in the fence. Ninety-nine percent of all racers would have been in the fence, but the athleticism of Lindsey was phenomenal. It’s unbelievable that she’s in the top 20, much less second.”

Mancuso continued to show she’s a contender landing in the top 10 in her last three World Cup downhill races.

“Julia skied brilliantly,” added White. “She skied so clean and so tough. I’m pleased with her performace over the last few days. Normally this is not her hill and she’s making something out of it and proving that she’s in the game.”

Chelsea Marshall was 14th with Alice McKennis of Glenwood Springs and Leanne Smith tying for 15th followed by Laurenne Ross in 19th and Stacey Cook 25th.

“These top 15s with Chelsea, Alice and Leanne were fantastic,” said White. “We’re elated with the performance of the entire team. This was probably the slickest conditions we’ve ever seen on a women’s World Cup downhill. It was very very challenging and these girls did a fantastic job of sticking their nose in and making something out of a very difficult situation.”

U.S. women close out racing in Lake Louise on today with a super-G. The race will air live on and its 24 hour TV network.

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