Lindsey Vonn storms to the 44th World Cup victory of her career with a 10th win in Lake Louise (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 3) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) rocketed to her second Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill win in as many days Saturday to notch the 44th victory of her career and 10th in Lake Louise. Vonn has now stood on the top of the podium in three of the four World Cup races she's started this season including a giant slalom victory on the opening World Cup event in Soelden, Austria. The decisive 1.68 second victory was the second largest margin of victory in her career following the blistering 1.95 gap she put on the rest of the World Cup field Friday in the opening Winterstart race. French racer Marie Marchand-Arvier was second with 2011 downhill World Champion Elisabeth Goergl of Austria in third. Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) was ninth, Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) 11th, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) 23rd and Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT) 26th as five Americans landed in the top 30 for the second straight day.
Lindsey Vonn notched the 44th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of her career with victory in the second Lake Louise downhill
At 1.68 seconds, it was the second largest margin of victory in Vonn's career after winning the opening Lake Louise downhill by 1.95
Vonn has now won three of the four World Cup races she's entered this season
It was Vonn's 10th victory in Lake Louise and second in 24 hours
Vonn now leads the overall World Cup standings 42 points over Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg
Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, Julia Mancuso and Chelsea Marshall also finished in the top 30
Laurenne Ross crashed into the net during her run and suffered cuts to her face
Lake Louise will feature a final super G on Sunday before the women's World Cup moves to Beaver Creek, CO for another super G
QUOTES Lindsey Vonn "It was tough conditions again today with really flat light and it was hard to see the bumps. It was a tough day and I'm really happy to come away with the win."
"The first race I ever had here, I think it was a super G and I almost landed in the top three, but I crashed a few gates before the finish. I've always had a good connection here with the snow and the way the mountain runs. I just love racing in Lake Louise."
"I come here knowing that I've won in the past and it gives me a lot of confidence. Its just a great way to start the speed season. I feel that if I start well here then it will carry through the season. Last year I didn't have as good of a start so this year, I just wanted to come out strong. Having back-to-back wins is certainly a good sign."
"I'm really sorry for Laurenne, just such a great skier, plus a really amazing athlete and person. I heard that she's OK, but we're all thinking about her."
"It would be great to ski well again tomorrow and go into the super G at Beaver Creek with a lot of momentum. I'm really excited to get back home to Vail and race infront of my hometown fans."