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German skier dominating at Lake Louise

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. -- A woman can sweep the World Cup ski races at Lake Louise, Alta., yet again, but it's not Lindsey Vonn on the cusp of a hat trick this time.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won her second downhill in as many days with Saturday's victory at the Alberta resort. The 29-year-old from Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a contender to win today's super-G, although downhill is more her strength.

"I'm not as strong in super-G as I am in downhill, but the two races gave me lots of confidence," Hoefl-Riesch said.

Vonn won all three races at Lake Louise in 2011 and 2012 and owns a record 14 victories at the venue. The U.S. ski star finished 11th Saturday, but felt she took a step forward from Friday's downhill when she finished 40th.

Prior to her arrival, Vonn hadn't raced since crashing and suffering a severe right knee injury at the world championship in February.

"I was more aggressive and just more confident and comfortable," the Olympic women's downhill champion said. "My whole body language was different. I still made mistakes and it wasn't my best skiing, but it's a long ways from where I was yesterday."

Hoefl-Riesch's time of one minute 55.09 seconds was over a second faster than in her first win. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was second in 1:55.43 and Austria's Anna Fenninger third in 1:55.56.

Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., was 26th after a career-best seventh in the first downhill Friday.

"I think because I had such a rocking day yesterday, I was almost a little bit depleted," Yurkiw said.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 8, 2013 B16

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