Ski - Alpine skiing: Hutter wins at Lake Louise as Vonn crashes out

While passing in front of the finish line crowd a scrape can be seen on the nose of Lindsey Vonn of the US as a result of her crash during the FIS Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 1, 2017 in Lake Louise, Alberta. (AFP Photo/DON EMMERT)

- Austria's Cornelia Hutter swept to victory in the women's downhill at the Lake Louise World Cup event on Friday as favourite Lindsey Vonn crashed out. Hutter, 25, clocked 1min 48.53sec to pip Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather in second and US star Mikaela Shiffrin in third. But the race was overshadowed by the spectacular fall which ended American ski queen Vonn's challenge. The 33-year-old Olympic gold medallist -- whose 18 wins at Lake Louise include 14 downhill victories -- had looked to be on course for another victory as she posted the best time heading into the final curve. However she lost balance when her skis appeared to touch and her right leg buckled before she hurtled into the safety nets.