Lindsey Vonn eighth in comeback race, calls it ‘solid start’ (video)

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn finished eighth in her first race in nearly one year, a World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

“I skied really well in the technical parts,” Vonn said. “I definitely can clean up some turns for tomorrow (another downhill in Lake Louise), but I think it was a really solid start. I’m happy with it.”

Vonn, who said Wednesday she was hoping for a top-five, finished .85 of a second behind Slovenian winner Tina Maze. Maze, the co-Sochi Olympic downhill champion, captured her 25th career World Cup race.

Austria’s Anna Fenninger was second, .45 back, followed by Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather.

Americans were also fourth (Laurenne Ross), seventh (Julia Mancuso) and ninth (Stacey Cook).

Vonn, who missed the Sochi Olympics after right knee surgery in January, has another downhill Saturday and a super-G on Sunday at a course nicknamed “Lake Lindsey.”

She won seven straight World Cup races in Lake Louise from 2010 to 2012. She finished first or second in 17 of 19 World Cup races there from 2006 to 2012.

“In general, everything held up really well,” the 2010 Olympic downhill champion said. “I’m hoping to push it a little bit more tomorrow.”

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