Injured Kildow done for season
ROME (AP) ” U.S. ski star Lindsey Kildow will miss the rest of the World Cup season because of an injury to her right knee.
The 22-year-old skier from Vail, Colo., made the decision Wednesday as a precautionary move, U.S. Ski Team spokesman Marc Habermann told The Associated Press on Thursday.
“It just doesn’t make sense to come back for a few races and risk anything at her age,” he said. “She’s just going to focus on next season.”
Kildow partially tore her anterior cruciate ligament a week ago when she fell during slalom training at the world championships in Are, Sweden.
Kildow won silver medals in the super-G and downhill at the worlds before her injury. She also won three World Cup races this season, is in second place in the super-G standings, third in the downhill rankings and fifth overall.
“She ended her season on a high,” U.S. tech coach Chris Knight said.
She had hoped to return for World Cup races next week in Tarvisio, Italy, but after consulting with the team’s medical personnel she decided to end her season early. She was to fly home Thursday or Friday from the U.S. team’s base in Kirchberg, Austria, Habermann said.
Knight believes Kildow can compete for the overall title next season if she improves her form in slalom and giant slalom.
“If she can get some more tech training in, I think she can contend,” Knight said.