Kildow wins, puts Olympic crash behind her
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
SAN SICARIO, Italy – Lindsey Kildow always thought she could have won a gold medal at the Olympics if not for her crash. Now she knows it.
Kildow won a World Cup super-G Sunday on the same course where she fell in downhill training at last year’s Turin games.
“The most I could do was try to ski fast this weekend,” Kildow said. “For me, it’s finished in my mind. I knew I could do it, I’ve done it, and I’m over it.”
The American led at every split point and finished in 1 minute, 30.06 seconds in the final race before the world championships.
“This is the ultimate revenge,” Kildow said. “It’s just bittersweet, because I know I could have done it last year.”
Kildow was hospitalized overnight after her crash at the Olympics. She came back and competed in all four events ” downhill, combined, super-G and slalom ” but pain limited her performance and her best result was seventh in super-G.
“I tried to compete,” Kildow said. “Even if I didn’t get a medal, it was the effort that counted.”
On Sunday, Austria’s Renate Goetschl was second, 0.17 behind, and teammate Christine Sponring was third, 0.29 back.
Goetschl snapped her two-race winning streak but extended her lead at the top of the overall World Cup standings. She has 1,001 points, and teammate Marlies Schild, who didn’t gain any points with a 31st-place finish, is second with 916 points. Goetschl also has a 130-point lead on Kildow in the super-G standings, with two races remaining.
American Julia Mancuso entered the weekend on a U.S. record streak of five straight podiums but didn’t place higher than fifth, in Saturday’s downhill, in San Sicario.
“It’s just not really my hill,” said Mancuso, who finished eighth in both Friday’s and Sunday’s super-G.
Mancuso and Kildow will get another chance to prove themselves at worlds, which begin in Are, Sweden next weekend.
“Two podiums in one weekend gives me a lot of confidence,” said Kildow, who has three wins this season. “World championships look really bright for me. I’m really psyched. I feel I have a lot to prove at big championships. I have to deal with the pressure.”
Before she flies to Sweden, Kildow’s eager to spend time with her cows ” Olam and Sunny ” at the U.S. team’s European base in Kirchberg, Austria.
Kildow won a cow after her Val d’Isere win last season, and Sunny was born shortly thereafter.
“I can’t wait to see them,” Kildow said.
Let’s make some skiing predictions. I made my X Games snowboarding predictions a day earlier and remain only mildly lukewarm in terms of confidence, but maybe I’ll feel better about the skiers.