Lindsey Vonn caught an edge with her left ski and was certain she was crashing.
Somehow, she recovered. The mistake hardly even slowed her as the standout from Minnesota was her dominant self on a hill that's become like a second home.
Vonn won the season-opening World Cup downhill Friday for her 16th victory at Lake Louise, Alberta, and her 68th World Cup victory. She finished in 1 minute, 50.5 seconds, edging Cornelia Huetter of Austria by 0.58 seconds. Another Austrian, Ramona Siebenhofer, was third.
"I think every race here is special, even when I'm not winning," said Vonn, who now has 14 downhill victories and two super-G wins at the Alberta resort. "I kind of felt relieved to be on the top step of the podium again today and to reassert myself as someone who's not going away in the speed events."
A win by Vonn at this venue is never a surprise. Her recovery after a mistake, though, was special, and she'd rather not duplicate that when a second downhill is race Saturday.
"That was not planned," Vonn said. "I should probably not do that [Saturday]. I came in there with a really direct line — probably a little bit too direct, and I caught my edge funny.
"I thought I was going down, then I somehow managed to stay on my feet."
Svindal wins again
•Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won his third straight World Cup race, holding off teammate Kjetil Jansrud in Beaver Creek, Colo. Svindal finished in 1 minute, 42.34 seconds.
AC gets a reprieve
Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers changed their minds and said Friday that athletes will have free air conditioning in their bedrooms at the athletes village.
The decision to have free air conditioning comes after the Associated Press reported this week that about 10,000 Olympic athletes would have to pay for AC because of budget cuts.
Worlds go outdoors
The world junior hockey championships are heading outdoors.
USA Hockey officials announced, as expected, that the 2018 tournament will be in Buffalo and confirmed that an outdoor game will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Officials said they would manipulate the groups so that the outdoor game will feature the United States and Canada.
AROUND THE HORN
Golf: Jordan Spieth shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with Jimmy Walker (67) and Bill Haas (66) at the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas.
College volleyball: Big Ten teams went 8-1 on Friday in the NCAA tournament. The only loser was Purdue, falling to No. 3 overall seed Texas in four sets in a second-round match Austin, Texas. No. 6 Wisconsin won its second-round match over Iowa State. First-round winners, besides the No. 2 Gophers, were No. 4 Nebraska, No. 7 Penn State, No. 12 Ohio State and unseeded Illinois, Michigan State and Michigan.
Soccer: Frannie Crouse and Kaleigh Riehl scored goals as Penn State defeated Rutgers 2-0 in the first semifinal of the NCAA women's soccer tournament in Cary, N.C. The Nittany Lions will play Duke on Sunday for the championship.