Kildow takes third in World Junior Championships
MARIBOR, Slovenia – Maria Riesch of Germany won her second gold medal of the World Junior Championships on Saturday, capturing the women’s giant slalom while Lindsey Kildow of Vail collected her second medal of the championships – third of her career – in third place. The United States widened its margin over Italy and Austria in the Marc Hodler Trophy tally.
Riesch,-the downhill champion from earlier in the week, had the fastest time on each run to register a two-run time of 2 minutes, 21.39 seconds, for the record ninth World Juniors medal of her career. She had been tied with Austrian Sabine Ginther, who competed at the 1987, ’88 and ’89 World Juniors.
Jessica Walter of Liechtenstein was second in 2:22.67. Kildow, silver medalist in downhill, took GS bronze in 2:22.91 with teammate Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif., in fourth with a time of 2:22.94 after posting the second-fastest final run.
“It’s been okay this week,” said Kildow, who has had three World Cup top-10s in downhill and super G in the past month.
Kildow started skiing at Buck Hill in Minnesota’s suburban Twin Cities and moved to Vail with her family several years ago. She’s a 2002 Olympian, she had focused more on speed events in the last couple of seasons, but still runs four events when possible.
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“I’m not going to worry about it (Sunday’s slalom and the combined) tonight. I’ll ski the way I did in Arber (last weekend in Zwiesel, in Germany’s Arber Region). I got some tech training there, and we had a good training session in Kirchberg, which has a really steep hill,” said Kildow. “I’m going to relax and focus on some technical stuff and do my best.”
“Again, the snow was hard, bulletproof,” said United States Coach Stever Bartlett, “But, it was a warm day, sunny and probably in the mid-40s. The hill has some good shadow, though, so the course didn’t break down very much. There were girls coming out of the 50s and 60s into the top 10, top 20.
“Obviously, Lindsey and Julia skied very well. They didn’t hold back. They were fourth and fifth after the first run, but they moved past this Austrian girl and gave us some more Hodler Cup points.”
Everything concludes Sunday with the women’s slalom and the combined calculation. The Hodler Trophy, won two years ago by the U.S. Ski Team, goes to the team with the best overall results. The points are awarded on top-10 finishes with a nation’s top two skiers in each event counted.