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Lindsey Vonn's comeback speeds up at Lake Louise

December 7, 2013 -- Updated 2207 GMT (0607 HKT)
Lindsey Vonn showed glimpses of her old form in her second comeback race at Lake Louise in Canada.
Lindsey Vonn showed glimpses of her old form in her second comeback race at Lake Louise in Canada.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lindsey Vonn improves to 11th in second comeback race
  • More confident display in Lake Louise downhill
  • Maria Hoefl-Riesch completes double at Canadian resort
  • Switzerland's Patrick Kueng wins men's super-G at Beaver Creek

(CNN) -- Lindsey Vonn's comeback continued with an improved 11th position in a downhill at Lake Louise Saturday as Maria Hoefl-Riesch completed a double at the Canadian resort.

The German, who won Friday's event in the same discipline, recorded a time of one minute 55.09 seconds for a commanding victory.

Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein finished second with Anna Fenninger of Austria completing the podium.

Vonn, who has 14 World Cup wins to her name at Lake Louise, was only 40th in her first race since February Friday but skied with more confidence and attack in her latest performance.

Injury is an occupational hazard for skiers. But for American Lindsey Vonn the road to recovery from a serious injury has been a long and painful one. Injury is an occupational hazard for skiers. But for American Lindsey Vonn the road to recovery from a serious injury has been a long and painful one.
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She briefly had the green light for the fastest split, beating Weirather at that point, but she gave up time on the bottom section.

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Vonn was left 1.26 seconds adrift of Hoefl-Riesch, who will bid for a hat-trick of wins in a super-G Sunday.

The popular Vonn suffered a serious knee injury in a bad crash at the world championships in Schladming last season and her return was delayed by a mishap in training last month.

She is aiming to earn a place on U.S. skiing team for the Sochi Winter Games in February, defending her Olympic downhill title.

She was first American Saturday, also heading in-form Lara Gut of Switzerland, who took 13th place.

Hoefl-Riesch leads the downhill standings and has taken over at the top in the overall from Gut.

On the men's World Cup circuit, Switzerland's Patrick Kueng won the super-G at Beaver Creek in Colorado, the first Swiss man to win a speed event since March 2012.

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Kueng finished 0.24 seconds ahead of Austrian Otmar Striedinger, who claimed his first podium from the unfavorable start number of 45.

Austrian Hannes Reichelt and Italian Peter Fill, who finished second and third in Friday's downhill, tied for third place.

Keung has moved into second place in the overall standings behind Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who finished seventh in the latest super-G after winning the opener at Lake Louise.

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