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Richardson Leads Three U.S. Into SG Top 20

December 16, 2006

REITERALM, AUSTRIA - (USST News Bureau Release) - Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN), turning in the best performance of her World Cup career, led three U.S. women into the top 20 of a super G Saturday as Austrian Renate Goetschl won her 40th World Cup event. Veterans Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) and Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) failed to finish their runs.

In collecting her 14th super G victory, Goetschl - who also had won the opening SG two weeks ago in Lake Louise, Alberta - was timed in 1:17.91 over the 1.9K course as Austrians filled seven of the top eight places. World Cup leader Nicole Hosp was second in 1:18.62.

Richardson's time was 1:19.58 with fellow Olympian Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) 14th and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) tied for 18th. The race replaced a canceled event from Val d'Isere, France, a week ago because of poor snow conditions.

Coincidentally, the next three women's races are in Val d' Isere, which has received some snow in the last week. Tuesday and Wednesday are downhills with a slalom Thursday before the Christmas break; Wednesday's downhill is a pickup from St. Moritz, Switzerland, while the slalom has been shifted from Megeve, Slovenia, because of poor snow.

"I'm really pleased for Kaylin because this should give her more confidence as she heads into those downhills in Val d'Isere, and we know her slalom's good. She did a great job today," Head Coach Patrick Riml said. "That's her first World Cup top-15, so she was able to carry some of that confidence from (Friday) in the super G part of the super combined (she was 21st) and do even better...and Libby can relax a little now; she's got that first top-15 of the season, too."

He said Kildow, who had been sick Thursday and sidelined Friday, skied well before going out at the bottom of the run in flat light. Mancuso had been sick Friday night, he said, "but she gave it a good run until she had a mistake at the bottom. Y'know, when the sun goes behind the mountain, it gets flat light, very dark at the bottom, and it's just so tough...but, despite being sick, she hung in there."

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=22453.

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