Kildow’s aggression directed at course
ASPEN – Vail racer Lindsey Kildow is a lot more relaxed now that her race season has started. She was in good spirits after her seventh-place finish in Friday’s World Cup super-G race in Aspen and relieved that she no longer has cameras following her around and media appearances commanding her schedule.
“It’s calmed down a lot,” said Kildow after her run Friday, which was 0.78 seconds back from that winner Nadia Styger of Switzerland. “The attention is only after races, and that’s fine because the race is done and I don’t need to focus on anything.”While training at Copper Mountain last month, Kildow was constantly on the move, from one camera call to another. Now, the magazines are out with her face on the cover, the Today Show has its reel, and Kildow is doing what she does best – attack race courses. She won one downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, took fifth in another and sixth in the super-G.
She was slightly critical of her super-G skiing in Aspen, saying her SG rhythm hasn’t reached the climax of her downhill performances.”I have a little ways to go in super-G,” she said. “It kind of goes back and forth. I’m not as aggressive. I’m not charging as much as I can. It’s a matter of finding that rhythm. The course setters (for Friday’s SG) did a good job of setting it with a rhythm. The bottom was challenging. This hill is challenging, but I knew that coming in. I’m letting the hill take advantage of me. I should have been more aggressive on it.”
Kildow’s wish list after training for today’s giant slalom Friday afternoon included taking a nap and spending time with her family, who came to watch her race. Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext.14632, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado