Kildow wins share of super-G win
HAFJELL, Norway – American Lindsey Kildow, Olympic champion Michaela Dorfmeister and Nadia Styger shared first place in the a World Cup super-G on Friday, the first three-way tie in the discipline.The skiers each had a time of 1 minute, 18.65 seconds in the first women’s alpine event since the Turin Olympics.”It’s amazing,” said Dorfmeister, who won Olympic gold in the downhill. “It’s fine to see someone else with me on top of the podium.”With her third win in the discipline this season, Dorfmeister clinched the super-G title ahead of teammate Alexandra Meissnitzer. Kildow’s first super-G win of the season moved her to fourth in the discipline standings, behind Styger of Switzerland.
“I lost confidence after crashing in the Olympics, and it’s amazing to be on the podium, especially with Michaela,” Kildow said. “This is by far my best day since the crash.”Despite being hospitalized after a spectacular training run accident on the second day of Olympic downhill practice, Kildow returned to the slopes to compete the next day, finishing eighth. Still struggling with her injuries, she competed in four of her five events.The first time three skiers shared first in any event occurred in 2003, when Norway’s Andrine Flemmen, Nicole Hosp of Austria and Tina Maze clocked identical times in a women’s World Cup giant slalom at Soelden, Austria.Kelly Vanderbeek of Canada was fourth Friday, proving that her fourth-place finish in the Olympics was no fluke. Only 0.12 separated the top eight skiers – one of the tightest finishes in alpine ski history.
Lucia Recchia of Italy was 0.05 back in fifth, while Sweden’s two-time defending World Cup champion Anja Paerson of Sweden tied with Julia Mancuso of the United States for sixth.Janica Kostelic of Croatia, returning after illness cut short her record-breaking Olympics, finished 14th but maintained her lead in the overall World Cup standings with 1,400 points. Dorfmeister has 1,162, one point ahead of Paerson.Dorfmeister, of Austria, is retiring at the end of the season.”In my last season, I make history in every race,” Dorfmeister said. “I’m so happy. It was difficult today. Sometimes it was icy, sometimes it very bumpy. The snow was very fast. It was difficult to find my timing.”
Friday’s race was held on the Kringelasen course in Hafjell, the site of the women’s races for the 1994 Lillehammer Games.Only one super-G race remains, at the World Cup Finals on March 15-19 in Are, Sweden.Other races scheduled this weekend include a super combined Saturday and a giant slalom Sunday.Vail, Colorado