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Vonn with ease at Lake Louise

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. -- Lindsey Vonn added to her aura of invincibility in Lake Louise, Alta., with another World Cup downhill victory despite flirting with disaster.

The American ski star nearly skidded into safety nets rounding a corner halfway down the course and was off balance coming out of the turn Saturday.

Vonn righted herself and won the 13th World Cup race of her career at Lake Louise by over half a second.

"A lot of people make mistakes in a lot of races, but if you don't think you're going to win after a mistake then you're not," Vonn said. "I kept charging.

"I knew I could make up some time if I skied well on the bottom and thankfully my skis were fast and I had a good line and I was able to make it up."

The reigning Olympic and World Cup champion won the season-opening downhill Friday by over a second and a half.

It was another one-two finish for the U.S. team Saturday with Stacey Cook taking silver for a second straight day. Vonn's time was one minute 52.9 seconds. Despite her slip, she was still 0.52 seconds ahead of Cook in 1:53.42.

Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland was third in 1:53.52. Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., was the lone Canadian in the race and she finished 47th.

Vonn races super-G on Sunday and can become the first woman to sweep all three races twice at Lake Louise. The 28-year-old from Burnsville, Minn., scored a Lake Louise hat trick in 2011. The only other woman to do so was Germany's Katja Seizinger.

"I did it last year and I'm going to do my best but super-G is a whole other ball game," Vonn said. "I really hope I can get another sweep, but I would be extremely happy to be on the podium."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 2, 2012 B16

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