Kildow places sixth in Haus
HAUS, Austria – Vail’s own Lindsey Kildow held off the remnants of a cold and tore out of the 45th start spot Sunday to finish sixth in a World Cup super G where Carole Montillet of France and Germany’s Maria Riesch tied for the win.
Montillet, the Olympic downhill gold medalist and reigning World Cup SG champion, and Riesch – the 19-year-old who won a downhill Friday but crashed Saturday – were deadlocked with a time of 1 minute 25.04 seconds. Super G world champion Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria placed third (1:25.19).
Kildow, 19, who was fifth in a downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, started fast and picked up speed through the middle before losing time at the bottom. She tied Melanie Suchet of France for sixth in a time of 1:25.48. The result made her the Winstar Skier of the Day, an honor given to the top skier from the back who breaks into the top 15.
“I’ve had a really bad cold – in bed all day Monday and Tuesday. It was like the flu, lots of sinus pressure, nose running, throat hurt, but then I got some antibiotics and it’s gotten progressively better,” Kildow said.
Having U.S. DH/SG Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser set the course, and then a course report from teammate Jonna Mendes (Heavenly, Calif.), gave her confidence.
“I had a good inspection and I told myself “You know where you’re going, relax, be aggressive and take it like another downhill.’ I didn’t think too much about it. Jonna always makes me feel comfortable about the race and she told me “It’s no big deal. It’s easier than you think, so be as aggressive as you can.’ And, that really helped me,” Kildow said.
Maier Wins 45th in Garmisch SG
PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Austrian Hermann Maier, the master of the super G, earned the 45th victory of his career Sunday – his first in nearly two months – and reclaimed the World Cup points lead in a super G on the Zugspitze – Germany’s highest mountain. A tired Daron Rahlves, of Sugar Bowl, Calif., had the best American result by finishing 14th.
On the third straight day of speed racing, and after teammate and (now former) points leader Benjamin Raich crashed, Maier won with a time of 1:18.09. His victory puts him one behind Marc Girardelli, the Austrian who skied for Luxembourg. He has won 19 super Gs – including two this season. Maier won a super G at Lake Louise and a downhill at the Chevy Truck Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek.
Frenchman Patrick Dalcin, whose best result coming into this season was fifth, was second in 1:18.16.
Rahlves, who has battled a cold all week, had problems with the lower lower half of the run and finished in 1:18.95. Bode Miller, of Franconia, N.H., was 18th. Frisco’s Jake Fiala came in 26th.
“I was feeling good but also a little beat,” Rahlves said. “(In Saturday’s DH-2) I had nothing. It was a battle. Today, I had a little more punch at the top.”
However, Rahlves said, he got off-line on a jump in the middle of the course and couldn’t make-up time at the bottom.
“I’m dragging right now,” he said, adding he plans to take a couple of down-time days to decide if he’ll run in the next race.