Kildow wins, gets ultimate revenge
SAN SICARIO, Italy – Lindsey Kildow won a World Cup super-G Sunday on the course where she crashed out at last year’s Olympics.
The American led at every split and finished in 1 minute, 30.06 seconds in the final race before the World Championships.
“This is the ultimate revenge,” Kildow said. “It’s just bittersweet because I know I could have done it last year. But it just didn’t really work out in my favor. But life happens and you just got to role with the punches.”
Renate Goetschl was second, 0.17 behind, snapping her two-race winning streak but extending her lead atop the overall World Cup standings.
“I’m satisfied with second, 280 points is really good for one weekend,” Goetschl said. “I can go home happy.”
Goetschl’s Austrian teammate Christine Sponring was third, 0.29 back, to match her finish in Friday’s super-G.
Kildow’s teammate, Julia Mancuso, finished eighth in perfect sunny conditions.
It was the third victory this season for Kildow after also winning downhills in Lake Louise, Alberta, and Val d’Isere, France, in December.
Kildow had a horrific crash in downhill training here during the Turin Games and was hospitalized. She came back and competed in all four events _ downhill, combined, super-G and slalom _ but pain limited her performance and her best result was seventh in super-G.
“The most I could do was try to ski fast this weekend,” Kildow said. “For me, it’s finished in my mind. I knew I could do it, I’ve done it, and I’m over it.”
Kildow, who finished second in Friday’s super-G, is looking ahead to next weekend’s worlds in Are, Sweden.
“Two podiums in one weekend gives me a lot of confidence,” she said. “World Championships look really bright for me _ I’m really psyched.”
Goetschl leads the overall standings with 1,001 points. Marlies Schild, who finished 31st and out of the points, is second with 916.
Goetschl also has a 130-point lead on Kildow in the super-G standings, with only two races remaining.
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