LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup women’s downhill Friday at Lake Louise for her ninth career victory at the resort.
The American star finished in 1 minute, 53.19 seconds to beat Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather by 1.95 seconds — the largest victory margin in Vonn’s downhill career.
Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin was third in 1:55.29.
“I mean, 2 seconds, that’s crazy,” Gisin said. “We will try to be a little bit closer to Lindsey tomorrow. That’s probably the only thing you can hope for.”
Vonn has won at least one race at Lake Louise in eight straight years.
“I just have always had such a good feeling here,” said Vonn, fourth on the women’s career list with 43 World Cup victories. “That track suits me so well. I feel at home. It can’t be more peaceful and amazing with the mountains here. I would prefer to have every race here in Lake Louise, but I don’t think they’ll let me.”
Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion, recently announced that she and her husband of four years, Thomas Vonn, are divorcing. Thomas Vonn had overseen many aspects of her career. A carrer that has begun to surpass skiing and is moving towards more mainstream arenas.
Beside Madison Avenue, television and Hollywood may soon come calling.
Many are assuming that with her celebrity star power on the rise with her All-American, athletic looks, Vonn will soon trade in her skiis for red carpets.
“She is the American Anna Kornikova,” said British Celebrity Reporter Nigel Pandomonium. “She is gorgeous, articulate and is very grounded and more importantly newly single. I am sure many ‘A’ Listers will be giving her a call soon. If wasn’t married to Gertrude you could count me on her list of suitors.”
But Vonn insists not so fast with the Hollywood talk.
“I love skiing. I love going fast. I love downhill. Today, even if I didn’t win, I think just racing and being on the mountain is what I need.”
The 27-year-old star from Burnsville, Minn., credited her U.S. teammates and her rivals on the World Cup circuit for rallying around her, singling out Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who beat Vonn by three points for the overall title last season.
“That’s helped me so much through this time,” Vonn said.