Vonn wins in Lake Louise

Updated: December 4, 2009, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta -- Blood pouring from her mouth, Lindsey Vonn sped through a snowfall Friday to win a World Cup downhill on this course for the sixth time in six years.

Vonn said her knee smacked her chin, causing her to cut her tongue, near the top of the run. Still, the two-time overall World Cup champion from Vail, Colo., finished in 1 minute, 26.13 seconds, more than a half-second better than anyone else.

"I was spitting up blood," she said. "It was so nasty."

When she reached the bottom of the course, Vonn held a chunk of snow to her mouth.

"It just about knocked her out, apparently, but she held on and did a great job," U.S. Ski Team women's coach Jim Tracy said.

Canada's Emily Brydon finished second in 1:26.65, the best finish by a woman from the host country in 19 years of World Cup racing at Lake Louise. Germany's Maria Riesch was third in 1:26.93.

Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif., was the second-best American finisher in 10th.

Vonn has won a downhill at Lake Louise every year since 2004. From 2004-06, two downhills were run annually at this venue, with a single race the next two years.

Friday's race was shortened because the snow created poor visibility at the top of the mountain. A second downhill is scheduled for Saturday, followed by a super-G race Sunday.

"I feel really good, and I'm skiing with a lot confidence," Vonn said. "The weather is not supposed to be great for the next couple of days, but I know I've had bad weather before, like today. Hopefully tomorrow I'm going to try to have a more solid clean run."


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