Januray 28, 2007
SAN SICARIO, ITALY - (USST News Bureau Release) - Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) led all the way Saturday to win her third World Cup race of the season, a super G, as she conquered the Olympic speed run where she crashed last year. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was eighth. "I 'finished business' here," Kildow said.
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Kildow, who was second Friday in the first of two super Gs on the Olympic speed track, had a winning time of 1:30.06 with World Cup leader Renate Goetschl of Austria - who won Friday and then Saturday in downhill - finishing second in 1:30.23. Kildow previously won downhills in Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies and Val d'Isere, France.
Mancuso finished the 2.3K Fraiteve Olympique course in 1:31.08. Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) tied for 15th and Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) was 18th. Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) was 23rd and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 32nd in the final women's race before the World Alpine Ski Championships start Saturday in Are, Sweden.
Rocket Rossis lead to another Kildow win
"It was sweet, just an awesome day and obviously I'm very happy," Kildow said. "It was a pretty different course from Friday, but it had a really good rhythm. It was a little more technical, more turny, but it flowed really well from top to bottom. It was a fun course in perfect weather...and obviously, my Rossingols were fast...
Kildow had a nasty crash during downhill training last February on the San Sicario course and was hospitalized overnight. A pre-race medal pick by some, she returned to race but her top result was seventh in super G, propelling her to win the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award. The honor was designated by American fans, fellow Team USA athletes, U.S. alumni Olympians and members of the media for best representing the Olympic Spirit during the 2006 Winter Games.
"I 'finished business' here. I'm on an even score with the hill. I knew I could have done it last year but with the crash it didn't work out in my favor. I'm happy to get that score settled. And (Goetschl) has been unstoppable the last couple of days, so this is definitely a good end to things here."
The win, her seventh overall and second in SG, broke a tie with another Vail resident, Hall of Famer Cindy Nelson, and moved Kildow into third place behind Tamara McKinney (18) and Picabo Street (nine) in the U.S. list of women World Cup winners.
The head coach is smiling
Head Coach Patrick Riml said, "It was very impressive...and obviously what Lindsey did again was awesome. One on the top, two in the top 10, four in the top 20, five in the top 30 - and Stacey skiing well, but just outside the points.
"She had a little mistake coming into the flat (midway) but then she kept it clean; she was ahead at the top but a little behind Goetschl on the second split - seven-hundredths back, but then Lindsey took off on the bottom and Goetschl couldn't catch her. Lindsey had more speed...and it was just awesome.
"Julia did another great job, too, but this course isn't good for her - it's so flat - but she's skiing so well, like Lindsey. What she's done this month is sensational. They're both skiing so hot. And 'Clarky' kept everything together today and attacked all the way, so this was a nice, small comeback for her...Kaylin tweaked her back but I don't think it's anything to worry about - and she put down another strong speed result...and Libby and Stacey were good at the top. They all stuck with the plan, and they know they're skiing well as we go to Worlds."
The women will catch some downtime at their European base in Kirchberg, Austria, and then head to Worlds where the first women's race in Are will be super G next Sunday.
For complete results: www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suuchsector=AL&event_id=21936.