Kildow barely misses worlds podium |

Kildow barely misses worlds podium

Andrew Dampf
(AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)Lindsey Kildow of the United States reacts after finishing fourth place in the Women's Downhill at the World Alpine Ski Championships, in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005.

SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy- The world championships have turned out tougher than Lindsey Kildow thought.”Tears can only speak,” Kildow said, sobbing after her latest tight finish kept her off the medal stand. “It’s the worst feeling ever.”The 20-year-old skier from Vail finished fourth for the second time in three days Sunday, missing a downhill medal by just 0.23 seconds. On Friday, she came within 0.20 seconds of the bronze in the combined.”I have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what I’m doing wrong and what it’s going to take to win the Olympics,” Kildow said, looking toward next year’s Turin Games.

“Obviously, it’s going to be more than what I initially anticipated because I skied the way I’ve always been skiing, and I’ve been getting podiums all season long and today I didn’t.”Kildow was on pace for at least the silver medal Sunday until making a slight error in the second half of her run.”I told her she skied really well up top but at the world championships you can’t afford to make a mistake. Really, it’s that simple,” U.S. women’s head coach Patrick Riml said.Kildow’s time held up for third place until the last skier down – Austria’s Renate Goetschl – bumped her off the podium.”This race is going to be forever in my mind as, ‘the other girls are not going to let up,”‘ Kildow said. “They’re going to be fighting until the finish, and I’ve got to be aware of that more. I think I’ll be much more prepared for it next year.”

With one win and six top-three results this season, Kildow entered the worlds as a medal favorite in three events – super giant slalom, combined and downhill. She began the championships by coming ninth in the super-G, followed by her two fourth places.Goetschl said Kildow’s situation recalled her own results at the 1996 worlds in Sierra Nevada, Spain, when she entered with big expectations and left with nothing better than fourth in the combined.”She shouldn’t be too disappointed,” Goetschl said. “She’s young and I’m sure she will (win) in the future a lot of medals. But this is a way you have to go.”Janica Kostelic, the Croat who won the downhill, had similar advice.”She’s too young to be depressed,” Kostelic said. “There is a lot more for her to win. The important thing is to stay healthy.”

Kildow plans to race in Tuesday’s giant slalom and most likely will be selected for the new team event that will conclude the championships next Sunday. For now, she refuses to use her age as consolation.”I have to keep that in mind, but I worked so hard for this. You don’t spend six hours a day in the gym just to get fourth place,” she said. “It’s something that I’ve been working really hard for the last two years. It’s disappointing for me. I may be young, but my goal was to be world champion this year and I guess maybe my time is next year.”Smith tops U.S. with sixth in PSL WINTERBERG, Germany – The Swiss dominance of the alpine snowboarding World Cup tour remained unbroken Sunday as Daniela Meuli and Philipp Schoch won the season’s fourth parallel slalom.Adam Smith from Bend, Ore., was U.S. Snowboarding’s top finisher with a respectable sixth backed up by World Cup rookie Justin Reiter of Steamboat Spring and fellow U.S. Team rider Ryan McDonald from Entiat, Wash., with 21st and 32nd respectively. Stacia Hookom of Edwards was 26th, Michelle Gorgone took 28th and Rosey Fletcher was 31st in the women’s race.Vail Colorado

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