Lindsey Vonn

The Canadian Press
PHOTOGRAPHY: Michel Painchaud

Lindsey Vonn left Lake Louise with both confidence and the belief she can ski faster.

After winning her first downhill in almost two years, the U.S. ski star was second behind winner Lara Gut of Switzerland in Sunday’s World Cup super-G.

World Cup overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia was third and Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., was 20th.

With two knee surgeries in as many years, this was the second straight season Vonn launched her comeback at the Lake Louise World Cup. This return looks more promising than a year ago.

“It meant a lot to have worked so hard for so long and to finally be back in a position where I’m contending every race,” Vonn said Sunday. “That’s more than I could have hoped for.”

Vonn’s downhill victory Saturday was her first since Jan. 26, 2013. She tore two ligaments and broke a bone in her right leg a month later while racing super-G at the world alpine ski