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Dorfmeister wins downhill; Kildow out of contention

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Austria’s Michaela Dorfmeister won a World Cup downhill Saturday, a day after she captured a super-G in her final season before retirement.Austria’s Renate Goetschl was second. Croatia’s Janica Kostelic, the overall World Cup leader who last week won a downhill for the first time, was third.Lindsey Kildow, the winner of two downhills this season, finished 17th after losing valuable time on the flats. The American was near tears in the finish area.Dorfmeister covered the Corviglia course in 1 minute, 43.76 seconds for her first downhill victory this season and padded her lead in the discipline standings – she has four other top-three downhill results. The 32-year-old Austrian has 24 wins in her World Cup career.”To win twice in 24 hours – unbelievable,” Dorfmeister said. “It’s an amazing series. Like a dream. I’m not sure about a triple with the super-combi tomorrow.”Goetschl was second in 1:43.83, with Kostelic third in 1:43.95.Kildow won back-to-back downhills in Lake Louise, Alberta, and Val d’Isere, France, but has stalled since. She finished ninth and 18th in last weekend’s downhills in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria.”Every race I’m losing time on the flats, and it’s not because I’m not a good glider,” Kildow said. “It’s really frustrating because it’s not something I can fix. I can only ski my best and I am skiing my best. I skied really well today and I probably was top two in the turns and I’m just losing so much time in the flats it’s so frustrating.”It’s been the same problem the last three races. I’m just going to watch video and improve upon what I can, but honestly I think I’m skiing some of the best I’ve skied.”The leaders were threatened by late skiers as conditions sped up. Swiss skiers Martina Schild, who started in 45th, placed fifth in 1:44.11. Monika Dumermuth, who started 39th, finished sixth, only 0.42 behind.The Swiss, racing at home, placed six women in the top 13. The women were vying for spots on the Olympic team.Reigning overall champion Anja Paerson of Sweden placed seventh.”I’m just skiing what I need to do and nothing more, nothing less,” she said. “I’m just trying to find my rhythm, my harmony, before the Olympics now. Seventh is good for me today. I’m not far behind and I I know what I have to do for the upcoming races.”Dorfmeister leads the downhill standings with 412 points after six races. Kildow is second with 301, followed by Kostelic with 280.Kostelic tops the overall standings with 1,058 points. Dorfmeister, who overtook Paerson for second place after Friday’s super-G, has 930 and Paerson is third with 721.Vail, Colorado


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