LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 4) – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn successfully completed her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup training run of the season in Lake Louise, where she has won a record 14 times. Vonn, who has been sidelined from World Cup action since the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, finished a conservative 22nd behind run winner Carolina Ruiz Castillo of Spain. Vonn hasn’t raced on a World Cup slope since February of 2013. “My knee feels good.” said Vonn “It feels stable. I’m just going to play it by ear tomorrow and make a decision on the race. Just trying to stay focused and get my confidence back.”
Stacey Cook (photo r) was the top American in sixth with Julia Mancuso ninth.
Cook was especially happy with her run and the Lake Louise conditions. “The course is in really nice shape, and it felt good to go so fast and get in the tuck a bit more than we were able to do in Beaver Creek. I’m excited for this week.”
A second training run is scheduled for Thursday followed by back-to-back downhills on Friday and Saturday. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the entire weekend live.