Hoefl-Riesch wins Lake Louise downhill; Vonn 40th

HOWARD FENDRICH
Associated Press
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Maria Hoefl-Riesch, of Germany, reacts in the finish area following her run at the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won a World Cup downhill by more than a half-second Friday for her first victory of the season.

Hoefl-Riesch, the 2011 overall World Cup champion and a double gold medalist at the 2010 Olympics, finished the course in 1 minute, 56.03 seconds.

Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland was next in 1:56.73, with Elena Fanchini of Italy third in 1:57.23.

Lara Gut of Switzerland, who began the day leading the overall standings, was 10th.

Four-time overall champion and reigning Olympic downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn raced for the first time in 10 months and finished 40th of 60 starters.

Vonn had won seven consecutive races at Lake Louise, but is coming back from major knee surgery after a crash at the world championships in February.