Alpine Skiing - Svindal wins in Beaver Creek; Vonn safe in Lake Louise

Aksel Lund Svindal was just concentrating on the win in Beaver Creek while Lindsey Vonn safely negotiated her first race in 10 months across North America in Lake Louise.

Svindal claimed his second successive alpine skiing World Cup win as the downhill opened up the Beaver Creek leg after being switched with the super-G due to predicted bad weather.

It marked the Norwegian's fourth podium finish in the Beaver Creek downhill and second win, the first coming a year after he had a brutal crash on the Birds of Prey course in 2007.

Svindal clocked a time of 1:44.50minutes to defeat Hannes Reichelt of Austria by 0.17 seconds with Italian Peter Fill just another 0.03 away in third place in Beaver Creek.

The downhill was held on a hybrid course made up of elements from the Birds of Prey and Raptor but Svindal wasn't bothered with that, his attentions on simply just winning.

"I have to admit, I like the old course more," said Svindal, who was fourth in the Lake Louise downhill.

"This course if great, but the old Birds of Prey was world class. But in the end it's all about the win, so I can't say that I'm too disappointed with the change."

Meanwhile in Lake Louise in Canada, Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn placed 40th in the women's downhill as German and fellow Vancouver 2010 gold medallist Maria Hoefl-Riesch took the victory.

Vonn, who hasn't raced since February after aggravating the knee injury she suffered at the World Championships in Austria, was more than three seconds behind double Olympic champion Hoefl-Riesch.

The German clocked 1:56.03 for victory ahead of Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden and Elena Fanchini while Vonn admitted she was anxious before racing in Lake Louise.

"I love Lake Louise, I'm so confident on this hill. It was the perfect place for me to come back," said Vonn.

"I was a little bit nervous because it was my first time in a race situation since February so it's been a long time and I'm really happy. The knee feels good, it feels stable."