Alpine skiing: Vonn gets lucky 13th Lake Louise win

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By Patrick Lang

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) - Her 13th victory at Lake Louise was a lucky one for Lindsey Vonn, who won her second downhill in two days at the Canadian resort in spite of a huge mistake.

The American took a turn so short that she nearly stopped in the top section of the men's Olympic course, yet retained enough speed and strength to upstage all her rivals and snatch her 55th World Cup victory in one minute and 52.90 seconds.

"I cut an edge and told myself, 'Oh my God, what have I done?' But I remembered a similar situation two years ago and I told myself to keep fighting," she said.

"It was actually the best place to make a fault because there's a steep section afterwards to gather speed. I proved today that you always need to fight and that nothing is for granted."

Like in Friday's downhill on the same course, Vonn's compatriot Stacey Cook was second, 0.52 adrift, while Swiss Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was third, 0.62 behind for only her second World Cup podium placing.

It was Vonn's sixth downhill victory in succession in the village that has been dubbed Lake Lindsey because of the tremendous amount of success by the four times World Cup champion.

And with 55 World Cup wins, she has now upstaged Austria's Hermann Maier and equaled the number of victories by Swiss slalom specialist Vreni Schneider.

The record of 62 victories held by Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell now looks within reach.   Continued...

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn speeds past a gate in the fog during the first Women's World Cup downhill skiing race of the season in Lake Louise, Alberta, November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake