Vonn wins 1st World Cup race in nearly 2 years
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Lindsey Vonn won her first race in nearly two years as she led an American podium sweep in a World Cup downhill Saturday.
With confidence in her surgically repaired right knee again, the four-time overall champion aggressively charged the course and finished in a time of 1 minute, 50.48 seconds to earn her 15th career win at Lake Louise.
Vonn’s teammates were right behind her, with Stacey Cook taking second and Julia Mancuso winding up third.
Vonn said she trusts her knee following a second operation that kept her out of the Sochi Olympics.
The last time Vonn won a race Jan. 26, 2013, in Maribor, Slovenia. Less than two months later, she tore her knee in a wipeout at world championships, leading to the first of two surgeries.
Vonn is two wins from matching the World Cup record of 62 race victories held by skiing great Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria.
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