Skier Vonn in the groove for more Lake Louise success

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By Steve Keating

The Canadian resort of Lake Louise has long been a happy hunting ground for the twice overall World Cup champion who has claimed five downhill victories here in as many years.

"It's good for me to be back here in Lake Louise and get the confidence going again, I'm having so much fun skiing downhill right now," said Vonn.

"Everything is working well, today was a solid training run so I'm really excited about the races this weekend.

"I know every turn. For the most part I know what to do on this course and knowing that gives me a lot of confidence.

"That usually makes for a good race. The ball has been rolling for a couple of years now and hopefully I can keep it going."

With one more win Vonn will join Germany's Katja Seizinger as the most successful skier at Lake Louise, the German crossing first six times between 1992 to 1997.

A sweep of the weekend races, which start with downhills on Friday and Saturday followed by a super-G on Sunday, would still leave Vonn behind Renate Goetschl for the most wins at a single venue, the Austrian claiming 10 victories in Cortina.

While Vonn has won five times at Lake Louise it is another Canadian resort she is targeting this season -- Whistler Mountain and an Olympic gold medal, the only thing missing from her resume and a hole the all-rounder hopes to fill in Vancouver this February where she is expected to contend for a podium spot in five different events.

"It's what motivates little kids is that dream that everyone strives for and that's definitely what I'm going for this year," she said.

"I've got five disciplines so hopefully one of them will work out."

(Editing by Justin Palmer)