Vonn, a 27-year-old American who won the downhill title at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, captured her second World Cup win of the season with a time of 1 minute, 53.19 seconds. Her previous victory this season was in a giant slalom in Solden, Austria.
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein came from the 40th starting position to capture second place in Lake Louise in 1:55.14 and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland was third in 1:55.25 in the first World Cup downhill of the season.
The almost two-second gap between Vonn and the rest of the field is unusual in World Cup downhills, which often are decided by hundredths of seconds.
“Skiing is the thing that is working in my life,” Vonn, who announced last weekend that she is getting divorced, said in a television interview. “It is a dream for me to have a victory at this moment.”
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