Skiing: Lindsey Vonn was 41st as Maria Hoefl-Riesch won in Lake Louise
Last Updated: 06/12/13 11:46pm
Maria Hoefl-Riesch: Won the downhill in Lake Louise
Maria Hoefl-Riesch claimed victory in the World Cup downhill in Lake Louise with Lindsey Vonn only 41st on her return from injury.
The 29-year-old German won in one minute, 56.03 seconds, beating runner-up Swiss Mariar Kaufmann-Abderhalden by 0.70secs with Elena Fanchini of Italy in third.
Vonn had won seven straight races on her favourite mountain but was racing for the first time since rupturing knee ligaments 10 months ago.
Her return was delayed a week after she re-injured the knee in training in November, putting her in a race against time to regain her fitness in time to defend her Olympic downhill crown in Sochi, Russia, in February.
Vonn, who skied cautiously Friday, could get another chance to test the knee in Saturday's second Lake Louise downhill.
"I was just too nervous. I was really tight, and I skied that way. I skied tight," she explained.
"I wasn't in a really deep tuck. I wasn't pushing the line where I could have. And I just kind of skied it, and that's not my style. That's not how I attack a race."
Lara Gut of Switzerland still leads the overall standings despite finishing 10th.