Lindsey Vonn produced a stunning run at Lake Louise to win her first race of the season and 13th career downhill race at the Canadian resort.
The American four-time overall World Cup winner blasted out of the start hut and tamed the top of the course.
She recovered superbly from a wobble at the mid-way point to clock one minute and 50.5 seconds.
It was her 34th career downhill win, 16th race win at Lake Louise and 68th career World Cup triumph.
The on-form 31-year-old, who has won seven of the previous eight downhill season titles, will now hunt the Lake Louise triple as there’s another downhill at this resort on Saturday and a Super-G on Sunday.
Austrian Cornelia Huetter was second at 0.58 seconds.
It was only her second career top three finish on the world cup circuit – her first was a third place in a downhill at Val d’Isere, France in 2013.
Huetter’s 24-year-old compatriot Ramona Siebenhofer took third place in the first downhill of the season.
She crossed over 1.07 seconds behind Vonn for her best finish of her young career.
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