World champion Lindsey Vonn has become the first female skier to claim seven wins at Lake Louise, Alberta, after completing back-to-back victories for the first time in the season-opening FIS World Cup downhill doubleheader in the Canadian Rockies.
Having defied treacherous skiing conditions to win the season's first downhill on Friday, the 25-year-old US alpine star was back on top of the podium just 24 hours later.
'It's a great start to the season, it gives me a lot of confidence going into the Olympics.' - Lindsey Vonn
Vonn, who had come to the Canadian resort one win behind Katja Seizinger’s all-time record of six at Lake Louise, clocked a time of one minute, 50.06 seconds to seal her 14th career downhill victory.
She told reporters: "It's really difficult (to win back-to-back races), I've only done it one other time and that was in St. Anton (Austria) a couple of years ago with a downhill and a super-combined. It's a great start to the season; it gives me a lot of confidence going into the next speed races and the Olympics (in Vancouver in February)."
Vonn’s great friend and rival Maria Riesch of Germany was 0.35 seconds behind the American in second place while local favorite Emily Brydon came home third.
The double world champion revealed after her win that she had been extra-motivated to get to the finish line first on Saturday, having promised her husband a victory after forgetting his birthday on Thursday.
"I forgot his birthday and his recommendation was that I had to win two races to make it up to him, so I did," Lindsey said. "We're all even, so I won't forget his birthday next year."