ARE, Sweden Feb. 6, 2007 (USST Release)—Two-time Olympian Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) buried memories of previous big-race frustrations Tuesday, storming to a silver medal in a super G run, while leading three U.S. women into the top 10 of the first women's race of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was sixth and Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) ninth.
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"It's my first medal and this is a HUGE monkey off my back," Kildow said as she was pulled through various media interviews in the finish. "I was calm today and just stayed relaxed. I didn't ski the best run of my life, but it was a good one."
Kildow, conducting interviews in English and German, said, "To have it on the first day of the championships is great. I'm glad to start this way...to get a medal right away."
She missed the 2003 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, after injuring a hip in an early season downhill crash at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. At the 2005 Worlds in Bormio, Italy, she had two fourth-place results and at the '06 Olympics, Kildow took a nasty training spill, which hospitalized her overnight; she returned to race four times but her best showing was seventh.
Swedish star Anja Paerson won in 1:18.85 with Kildow taking silver in 1:19.17. Renate Goetschl of Austria was the bronze medalist (1:19.38). Mancuso, who launched off a jump and landed on one ski at a gate in the middle section, had a time of 1:19.63 with Ludlow ninth in 1:20.08 and Kirsten Clark, SG silver medalist at '03 Worlds, tied for 20th (1:21.24).
Kildow anxious for next two races
Kildow said she lost some time when she went wide and off a jump in mid-race, but she was more than happy with the silver medal. "Now I'm just looking forward to the downhill (Sunday) and the combined (Friday). ...I wasn't thinking about the outcome, just skiing," she said.
"I was trying to think about skiing and not the pressure to get a medal. I was relaxed and determined," she told a packed gathering of print and broadcast journalists. She picked Paerson to win, Kildow said, because she skipped the final races before Worlds so she could relax. "I knew when she didn't come to San Sicario (where Kildow won the final race, a super G Jan. 28 in the Italian resort town) she would be so tough to beat."[pagebreak]
Winning that last race, Kildow said, gave her additional confidence and she tried to bring that feeling to Are. "For me, it's relief...and satisfying," she said. Before their start, she and Goetschl chatted and the Austrian said she had eight Olympic and World Championships medals "but this is my first..."
The difference between 2005 Worlds (and two fourths)(plus fourth in the team event) and '07? "I'm more sure of myself," Kildow said.
"It was definitely a little haggard up there," added Mancuso. "I don't know why I always have to catch more air than everyone. Maybe I need to practice that."
She said shin problems bothered her "but I tried to push through it mentally ... I tried to tell myself it didn't matter, but it still hurt."
Ludlow: "I can ski with these girls..."
Ludlow, a Dartmouth College student when not training or or racing with the U.S. Ski Team, said, "I haven't had the results I wanted so far this year and I just tried to lay down a super agggressive run and tuck a lot," she said.
"I'm capable to being in the very top. I just need some momentum, like these girls who have been getting podiums every race. I just don't have that kind of momentum behind me, but I know I'm a good enough skier."
Kildow echoed that at her press conference, saying, "If there's one thing about Libby, it's that she's a hard worker. I respect her so much."
Having races postponed since Saturday "was a little bit of a vacation," Ludlow continued. "Yesterday I skied a ton; it was kind of bad weather but I took so many runs, and I got to ski on the hill - I got five runs on the race hill."
Women's Speed Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser said thee top-10s were good and one in the top two "is even better" as the women got off to a fast start after the weather delays. The super G originally was scheduled for Sunday before howling winds and drifting snow forced the 48-hour postponement.
"I don't think that Lindsey lost any time off the jump because she was carrying a lot of speed, but they're going to shave it for the downhill because the women would be going too far. For a super G, that was a huge jump but for a downhill, it never would be right," he said.
"Lindsey came in and charged, and just did a great job. Jules definitely lost some time off the jump...and then Libby was absolutely fantastic. She executed really well; I'm totally psyched with her race," Hoedlmoser said.
The women train downhill Wednesday and the next women's race is the super combined Friday. Start time is 6:30 a.m. ET for the DH, 10 a.m. ET for the slalom portion.Press next to view the results.[pagebreak]
2007 FIS ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
WM Strecke (World Championships Course)Are, SWE - Feb. 6, 2007Women's Super G1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:18.852. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, CO, 1:19.173. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:19.384. (tie) Britt Janyk, Canada, and Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:19.44 each-6. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:19.639. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, WA, 1:20.0820T. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, 1:21.24
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