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Vonn's happy hunting ground

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Such is Lindsey Vonn's dominance on the slopes of Lake Louise that this weekend for the opening downhills of the women's World Cup alpine season the upmarket Canadian resort will be known as Lake Lindsey.

The most successful women's alpine skier of all-time with 77 career wins and counting, the foundation for Vonn's greatness has been laid in this bucolic corner of the Rockies where she has amassed a staggering 18 victories.

After missing last year's races due to injury, the American speed queen is back and ready to reclaim her throne with downhills scheduled for Friday and Saturday followed by a Super G on Sunday.

In Vonn's absence a few other skiers got a rare taste of what it is like to stand atop of the Lake Louise podium and will be determined to spoil the American's comeback.

"It's a pretty good place for me," Vonn told Reuters during the unveiling of her new signature line of ski wear for Under Armour on Wednesday.

"I was just thinking about that yesterday, Lake Louise was one of the only races I was able to watch growing up on TV so when I go here I felt like I knew what I was doing before I even raced.

"I automatically start off with confidence. Lake Louise is a special place for me."

With Vonn on the sidelines Lake Louise also became a special place for Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, the downhill world champion who won both races last year, the first ahead of Italy's Sofia Goggia and the second in front of Switzerland's Lara Gut, who topped the Super G podium.

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