Kildow podiums for third day in a row
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta Austrias Renate Goetschl won the first super-G of the World Cup season Sunday, with Lindsey Kildow the runner-up in yet another strong finish.Kildow had dominated the two downhills, winning Saturday and placing second Friday behind Germanys Maria Riesch.In the super-G, Goetschl won in 1 minute, 20.86 seconds and was followed by Kildow of the U.S. in 1:21.73. Kelly VanderBeek was third in 1:21.77, becoming the first Canadian woman to reach the Lake Louise podium since racing began there in 1989.Yeah, theres a comfort zone for me, said Kildow, a Ski Club Vail almuna who has won a downhill at Lake Louise each of the last three seasons; Sundays podium was her second World Cup super-G top-three in the Canadian Rockies. I did the same thing as (Saturday) and just let my skis run. Im confident here and I just didnt hold back.It was really flat light, and there was some pretty funky stuff with the wind and I lost some time on the top, but I think I skied well the rest of the way. It was cloudy and snowing and lots of winds pretty similar to Friday … and any time youre on the podium in conditions like this, its good and you should be happy … and I am.
VanderBeek was happy to have landed a podium for Canada. Im so excited, said VanderBeek. The best possible first podium would have been at the Olympics. The next best thing is in Canada. Im just elated.It was the 39th victory of Goetschls career. On Saturday, she took second in the downhill.Temperatures climbed to 14 degrees but a wind made it feel colder on the 1.1-mile track, about half the length of the downhill course.Goetschl said she didnt let the conditions affect her.Today I felt wonderful and I didnt think about the bad weather, she said. I just tried to find my way down as fast as possible.The women have a couple of days down time as International Ski Federation works on scheduling upcoming races in snow-starved Europe. Races at St. Moritz, Switzerland, scheduled for next week have been canceled but organizers are hopeful of hosting the downhill and super G set for Dec. 16-17 in Val d’Isere, France, where the men’s races – planned for next weekend – have been scrubbed because of poor snow.
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