Kostelic wins her first World Cup downhill | VailDaily.com

Kostelic wins her first World Cup downhill

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria – Janica Kostelic, who won three golds and a silver at the 2002 Olympics, now also is a medal contender in the downhill as the Turin Games approach.Kostelic won her first World Cup downhill Saturday, building her lead in the overall standings and proving her strength in the only Alpine event in which she did not compete at the Salt Lake City Games four years ago.Lindsey Kildow of the United States finished 18th and lost the lead in the World Cup downhill standings to Michaela Dorfmeister, who was third. The Austrian has 312 points to Kildow’s 287.Kostelic became the first skier to win four Alpine medals at an Olympics in 2002, winning gold in the slalom, giant slalom and combined and silver in the super giant slalom.She won downhill gold at the last world championships, but had never done better than two second-place finishes last year in World Cup races.Vail, Colorado

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