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Snowing silver for Kildow

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado

ARE, Sweden – Heading into this year’s World Championships in Are, Sweden, Lindsey Kildow just wanted a medal.After Kildow took care of that in the opening race, a super-G, she doubled her count Sunday with another second-place finish, this time in downhill.”Once I got my first, I was hoping to get a gold, but to sit here, saying I have two silvers is pretty amazing,” said Ski Club Vail’s Kildow. “I’m so excited that I finally broke through that barrier and got a few world championship medals under my belt.”Kildow, who hadn’t medaled in her previous worlds experience or the 2006 Torino games, has been skiing well all season.”I ended on a really good note in San Sicario, (Italy), and just to come back here to Are and have the success I’ve had … I’m so happy all my hard work has paid off.”Kildow won and took second in a pair of super-G races in San Sicario in late January, and has eight World Cup podiums so far this season. And despite an injury sustained in late fall, and entry in just about every event this season, Kildow still has plenty of energy.”This summer I got a new trainer,” Kildow said. “It was different, and (I did) a lot of training on the bike. February is a tough time to have worlds because its so late in the season and it’s a time when I usually get tired. This season, I’m not.”On the mental side of things, Kildow’s “trial and error” attitude has allowed the 22-year-old to mature and learn from every race. After her mistake early in her run Sunday, Kildow stuck with her original gameplan and had a near flawless run the rest of the way down.”I did a similar thing on Cortina (d’Ampezzo, Italy) earlier this year, and after I went too straight and tried to make up too much time and ended up crashing,” Kildow said.With Kildow’s second podium, the U.S. women’s team now has three silvers in as many races, one of several podium streaks this season.”It shows you how strong the women’s team is,” Kildow said. “We have so much talent and depth, and it’s finally showing through in the big events. I think you’ll see more in the future.”Kildow, whose training crash at the 2006 Olympics kept her out of medal contention, has kept a strong attitude all along. “I felt like I was really ready, physically and mentally, but life happens. And as much as I really wanted that success and wanted to be on Jay Leno and do all the cool things Olympic medalists get to do, you’ve just gotta roll with the punches and come back even stronger,” Kildow said.And there’s the 2010 games in Vancouver, British Columbia.”I’ve definitely been thinking about it,” Kildow said. “Everything happens for a reason. The reason why I didn’t ski well in Italy was because my time is still to come … I’m really looking forward to Whistler (the 2010 alpine site). It’ll be a great opportunity for me to finally get those medals I’ve been hoping for my whole life.”Kildow will take today off and then start training for Friday’s slalom. Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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