Kildow seventh in Sweden
ARE, Sweden – Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister won a World Cup super-G Saturday on what will be the 2007 World Championships course while Vail’s Lindsey Kildow was seventh, leading three U.S. women into the top 20.Dorfmeister, the 2003 super -G world champion, had a time of 1 minute, 07.53 seconds with teammate Alexandra Meissnitzer second in 1:07.98. Kildow finished in 1:08.26 with Julia Mancuso, bronze medalist in super-G at the recent World Alpine Ski Championships in Italy, finishing 12th in 1:08.69. Caroline Lalive tied for 19th while Kirsten Clark finished 27th. “I knew something was wrong. I expected it to be faster,” Kildow said, “But, I’m happy to be racing on the World Cup again. I’ve put the Worlds (where she was fourth in downhill and combined) behind me; I’m taking away the positives and focusing on my World Cup skiing.”She liked the speed run in Are, Kildow said, “because it’s got so much winding, fallaways, rolls, lots of terrain. … But, it’s also hard because I found it tough to get the rhythm; it changes so much and I never got the right rhythm. It’s kind of challenging but not challenging – not a really tough or steep course, but there’s a challenge because if you make a mistake, you can’t find a place to make it up, so you have to really concentrate.”Head coach Patrick Riml added, “Lindsey did a pretty good job and Jules (Mancuso) had a couple of small mistakes. There were no really clean runs out there, which is why it was so tight again. Lindsey’s less than three-tenths away from second place. … So you had to be super clean.
“We didn’t know if we’d have it because the winds were blowing hard during inspection, but then they died down and we got it done. It was a slow start for us after Worlds, but we’ll pick it up again.” With two super-Gs left in the season, Kildow is third in the points, but only nine points behind Austrian Renate Goetschl (335 points) with Dorfmeister second at 333.The women run a giant slalom Sunday and then head to the 2006 Olympic region Feb. 25-27 for races in San Sicario, Italy. Starting Sunday in giant slalom will be Kildow, Mancuso, Lalive, Clark, Kristina Koznick, Vail’s Sarah Schleper, Libby Ludlow and Bryna McCarty.Miller, Rahlves 4-5 in DH
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Austrian Michael Walchhofer won his second downhill in 24 hours Saturday – and his third in a row – while World Cup leader Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves finished fourth and fifth. However, Miller further padded his overall points lead as Austrian Benjamin Raich finished 17th.Walchhofer, who won a downhill relocated from Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Friday, took the second DH in Garmisch in 1:56.50 to edge teammate Mario Scheiber by 0.09 seconds and all but clinch the World Cup DH title. Fritz Strobl was third while Miller finished in 1:57.03 with Rahlves fifth in 1:57.07.A mistake at the bottom “cost me probably a second, or close to it,” Miller said. “That’s frustrating. I was pretty disappointed.””Bode made a couple of huge mistakes at the bottom, at that jump with about 25 or 30 seconds remaining” said head coach Phil McNichol, “And then he cut the line on the next two gates, and that cost him a second or so. He was very frustrated with his performance. … And Daron was displeased, too. He had a few mistakes, too, and when the course is like this, smooth and not so icy, there isn’t any room to make any mistakes because it’s so close.
“And then Walchhofer’s been on fire lately, just skiing so well, especially these last two days. I was pleased with the way the guys were going after it. But the execution just wasn’t there.”With nine races left in the season – including two DHs, three super-Gs and two giant slaloms and slaloms, Miller has 1,203 points to 1,036 for Raich. Rahlves is fifth overall at 606.Weather permitting – and that may be problematical with a nasty forecast, the men face a super-G Sunday. The same four U.S. skiers will run in the final race on the Zugspitze course.Vail, Colorado