Kildow claims DH silver (again) at World Juniors-
Vail’s Lindsey Kildow tore down a slick, flat course Tuesday to collect her second straight downhill silver medal at the World Junior Championships, finishing 0.22 seconds behind Germany’s Maria Riesch.
Austrian Romed Baumann won the men’s downhill with Christopher Beckmann producing the top U.S. result, finishing sixth.
In a race moved up a day because of fears about poor weather midweek, Riesch won in 1 minute, 12.23 seconds with Kildow timed in 1:12.45. Julia Mancuso, bronze medalist a year ago in downhill, finished fifth in the first race of this season’s championships in 1:13.09.
“It was a pretty good day. We’re delighted with Lindsey’s result and Julia’s strong result,” said U.S. team leader Walt Evans, “But, the girls aren’t happy with their performance. They feel they can do better. They know they can own the podium this week and they’re anxious to do it.”
Coaches were pleased with Beckmann’s race and with Andrew Weibrecht in 31st place.
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Evans said an overnight drop in temperatures locked in the course and made it rock hard.
“Trevor Wagner (U.S. women’s Europa Cup head coach) was on the women’s jury and when he went up at 6 a.m. for course inspection, he came part way down and radioed back, “Make sure to sharpen your edges one last time because if you don’t you could have a runaway.’
-“This is an unforgiving hill. You have to be focused because it’s also flat, so if you make a little mistake here, another there, you don’t have any section where you can pick it up.”
The women run super-G Thursday from the same start – but with five more control gates as mandated by International Ski Federation rules, Evans said, while the men have a day off. Friday the 13th, men ski super -G while the women race slalom. Saturday, it’s men’s giant slalom and the women have an off day. Sunday, the championships conclude with men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom plus the combined calculation.
At World Juniors, the combined breaks with the standard DH/SL formula and includes SL/GS/DH results.