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Kildow not giving up yet

Shauna Farnell
Special to the DailyUnited States Olympic Team alpine skier Lindsey Kildow talks during a news conference at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games last Thursday in Turin, Italy. Kildow crashed on her training run in the Olympic downhill Monday. Kildow lost control, went airborne and slammed hard to the course, writhing in pain as medical personnel rushed to her aid.

TORINO, Italy ” Lindsey Kildow’s doctor said racing in the women’s Olympic downhill event on Wednesday might still be a possibility.

Dr. Bill Sterett, orthopedic surgeon at Vail Valley Medical Center who is serving as the U.S. women’s ski team doctor during the Torino Olympics, said that Kildow sustained “a severe hip contusion or pelvic contusions going about 50 mph.”

Kildow crashed on the Olympic women’s downhill course in San Sicario, Italy, during training on Monday and was airlifted to a hospital in Torino.

“As a precautionary measure, she is being admitted tonight for observation,” Sterett said Monday evening. “Her CAT scans and X-rays are normal.”

Sterett said that while Kildow is very sore and beat up, she did not sustain any other injuries and never lost consciousness.

He said that Kildow’s pelvic injury was sustained when she landed on her back during the crash.

“It happened about three-quarters of the way down the course at what we call the Restaurant Jump,” Sterett said. “She apparently caught an edge and landed on the left side of her pelvis on the back. She’s tender just about everywhere, but she’s doing fine. There are no neurological symptoms. Everything’s moving, she’s awake, happy, and asking for friends and family.”

As far as her recovery, Sterett said it’s up in the air.

“Right now that’s going to be a little tougher one to answer,” he said. “She hasn’t ruled out the possibility of racing as early as Wednesday. She’s not given up her spot at this point.”

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