Vonn back on top in just second race after injury comeback
Lindsey Vonn returned to the top of the podium in just her second race back from injury by claiming victory in Saturday's downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The American made her FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup comeback from a broken arm in Austria last weekend and placed 13th.
And Vonn - a winner at the same venue in February 2016 - produced a timely reminder of her talent by storming to a 77th career World Cup win in a time of one minute and 43.41 seconds on the German slopes.
Switzerland's Lara Gut was 0.15secs adrift in second, while Viktoria Rebensburg (+0.48) completed the top three.
Words can't describe how happy I am right now!!! Hard work pays off in the end!! I did it!! #LV77-- lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) January 21, 2017
Downhill leader Ilka Stuhec placed eighth and was 1.13secs off Vonn's pace, but still has a 117-point lead over Gut in the discipline's standings.In Kitzbuhel, Dominik Paris triumphed in the men's downhill on the famous Hahnenkamm mountain, considered one of the most difficult on the World Cup circuit.
The Italian - who also won a downhill race in Kitzbuhel in 2013 - clocked a time of 1:55.01, 0.21secs ahead of Frenchman Valentin Giraud Moine.
Moine's compatriot Johan Clarey (+0.33) rounded off the top three.