Lake Louise was unusually harsh on Lindsey Vonn in the first women's World Cup downhill of the season Friday. Her American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin fared much better. In the lead by five hundredths of a second, Vonn crashed within sight of the finish line on the Alberta mountain where she owns 18 World Cup victories. She was able to get up and ski into the finish area. Shiffrin, the reigning world and Olympic slalom champion, earned a bronze medal racing just the third downhill of her career. WATCH LIVE: Lake Louise downhill, Saturday at 2 pm ET VIDEO | 5 things about Lindsey Vonn ​Lindsey Vonn wants to be the GOAT "I'm still not sure what my expectations are in downhill and today was an amazing day," Shiffrin said. Cornelia Huetter of Austria earned the first downhill victory of her career in a time of one minute 48.53 seconds. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was second in 1:48.62 and Shiffrin third in 1:48.83. Valerie Grenier of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the top Canadian in 32nd. Huetter suffered a knee injury in January, which sidelined her the remainder of last season. Lindsey Vonn crashes out at Lake Louise7:56 "It's unbelievable," Huetter said. "It's my first race after the injury, so it's my comeback and it's the best comeback I've ever dreamed about." Vonn tumbled into the safety nets on the final turn called "Claire's Corner", where Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon also fell in Friday's training. The 28-year-old from Lac-Etchemin, Que., separated her shoulder and hyperextended her knee flying into those same nets. Gagnon will not race the second downhill Saturday or Sunday's super-G. It took Vonn some time to detangle from the nets. She gave spectators a weak wave in the finish area. Vonn did not speak to media and declined autograph-seekers saying "I have to go ice my hip." She later tweeted: "Well that hurt... had a nice lead the whole down but caught my inside ski. "I'll be sore tomorrow but will rest up tonight and barring anything major I will be racing. Can't keep me down!" Well that hurt... had a nice lead the whole way down but caught my inside ski. That’s ski racing though! I’ll be sore tomorrow but will rest up tonight and barring anything