LAKE LOUISE,CANADA,03.DEC.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill training, ladies. Image shows Lindsey Vonn (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneisl

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Don’t let the results from the final downhill training run mislead you. Lindsey Vonn still appears to be the fastest woman in Lake Louise heading into the opening downhill race of the season for the ladies.

Vonn had no trouble over the terrain that caught her off guard just one day earlier, and she would have handily cruised to the fastest time of the day (with the lead through the final two splits on course) had she not stood up tall down Easy Street and taken a body full of air through the final gates on course, a common tactic for some in training runs. Austrian Mirjam Puchner, who stood up tall only to cross the finish line, outpaced Vonn’s overall time by a slim 0.12 seconds. Stacey Cook moved up to a commendable third on the day, 0.39 seconds in touch of Puchner.

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“I just had a different approach today. I changed some things in my line that yesterday didn’t really pan out for me. But I was happy with my skiing. I definitely can clean up a few sections for tomorrow but in general it was a pretty solid run and I’m just looking forward to my first speed race of the season,” said Vonn. “It’s the first speed race of the year so I feel like I’m coming here always with a lot of confidence. I’ve had a lot of success here too so that certainly helps. I just love this hill, it really suits me, it suits my style and I know I can win.” 

Even Vonn’s own teammate Cook commented favorably on the speed queen’s second training run.

“It’s different than the classic downhill that normally is here, so I have to make the adjustments. And that in itself is a challenge and keeps it entertaining because we’ve run this so many times that the old course we could go with our eyes closed but now we have to focus a little bit more. Lindsey skied that terrain really well today, so obviously it hasn’t changed that much. She’s still unbeatable here,” noted Cook who shared the podium last season with Vonn in the historic U.S. Ski Team sweep.

The Austrian team once again had a solid day, led by Puchner and followed by Nicole Schmidhofer in fifth and Wednesday’s fastest skier Conny Huetter sixth.

“It was a super training run,” Puchner, younger sister of the injured Joachim Puchner, said. “I will for sure try to give it all out in tomorrow’s race again but without expecting too much and then we’ll see what happens.”

Daniela Merighetti, who was injured in Wednesday’s training run, pulled out of the series and will return home to Italy early. She received eight stitches for a cut from her ski edge and is hopeful to return to competition in Val d’Isere.

The first of two downhill races for the ladies at Lake Louise kicks off on Friday at 12:45 p.m. local time.


Official Results

 1 28 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT 1:52.48
 2 16 537544VONN Lindsey1984USA 1:52.60 +0.12
 3 11 537582COOK Stacey1984USA 1:52.87 +0.39
 4 17 515766SUTER Fabienne1985SUI 1:52.94 +0.46
 5 9 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:53.01 +0.53
 6 7 56128HUETTER Cornelia1992AUT 1:53.08 +0.60
 7 19 296431STUFFER Verena1984ITA 1:53.25 +0.77
 8 14 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:53.40 +0.92
 9 51 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:53.48 +1.00
 9 8 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 1:53.48 +1.00
 11 22 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:53.55 +1.07
 12 12 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:53.91 +1.43
 13 27 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA 1:54.04 +1.56
 14 25 425880SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth1991NOR 1:54.12 +1.64
 15 26 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA 1:54.20 +1.72
 16 36 516145KUENG Mirena1988SUI 1:54.25 +1.77
 17 32 56088TIPPLER Tamara1991AUT 1:54.29 +1.81
 18 18 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA 1:54.34 +1.86
 19 39 56200NICOLUSSI Kerstin1994AUT 1:54.38 +1.90
 20 2 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:54.44 +1.96
 21 4 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON 1:54.57 +2.09
 22 10 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:54.58 +2.10
 23 20 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:54.69 +2.21
 24 3 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:54.70 +2.22
 25 40 197615BESSY Anouk1995FRA 1:54.80 +2.32
 26 24 196968BAILET Margot1990FRA 1:54.88 +2.40
 27 5 245066MIKLOS Edit1988HUN 1:54.90 +2.42
 28 41 6535455JOHNSON Breezy1996USA 1:54.91 +2.43
 29 13 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:54.92 +2.44
 30 42 155563KRIZOVA Klara1989CZE 1:55.10 +2.62
 31 23 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:55.15 +2.67
 32 45 565333BRODNIK Vanja1989SLO 1:55.23 +2.75
 33 48 539457MARNO Anna1992USA 1:55.33 +2.85
 33 21 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:55.33 +2.85
 35 31 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:55.38 +2.90
 36 29 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:55.39 +2.91
 37 33 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI 1:55.41 +2.93
 38 34 56311REISINGER Elisabeth1996AUT 1:55.49 +3.01
 39 35 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:55.58 +3.10
 40 47 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN 1:55.64 +3.16
 41 37 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 1:55.65 +3.17
 42 43 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 1:55.68 +3.20
 43 38 197665LARROUY Noemie1995FRA 1:55.82 +3.34
 44 1 55913MOSER Stefanie1988AUT 1:55.91 +3.43
 45 49 539363GHENT Abby1992USA 1:56.02 +3.54
 46 53 506584RAPAPORT Helena1994SWE 1:56.29 +3.81
 46 52 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:56.29 +3.81
 48 44 206548MAGG Ann Katrin1994GER 1:56.49 +4.01
 49 50 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER 1:56.67 +4.19
 50 46 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 1:56.71 +4.23
 51 6 106849YURKIW Larisa1988CAN 1:56.97 +4.49
 52 54 115115BARAHONA Noelle1990CHI 1:58.28 +5.80
 53 56 465098CAILL Ania Monica1995ROU 1:58.76 +6.28
 54 55 56224MAIER Sabrina1994AUT 1:59.87 +7.39
Did not start 1st run
 30 296008MERIGHETTI Daniela1981ITA
 15 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE