American Vonn wins Lake Louise downhill |

American Vonn wins Lake Louise downhill

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Lindsey Vonn of the United States reacts after her run in the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, on Friday Dec. 5, 2008. Vonn won the race. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

LAKE LOUISE, Albert ” Defending World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn won the first women’s downhill of the season on Friday.

In swirling winds and persistent falling snow, the American won in 1 minute, 26.10 seconds, beating Italy’s Nadia Fanchini by 0.61 seconds. Maria Riesch of Germany was third in 1:26.79.

“The key with this kind of weather is not to get intimidated or afraid,” Vonn said. “You have to go out there and keep fighting the whole way down.”

Vonn won the downhill in Lake Louise for the fifth straight year.

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