Vail’s Kildow 11th in Haus downhill
World Cup rookie Bryna McCarty collected her second World Cup downhill top-10 in 24 hours Saturday, finishing ninth, with Vail’s Lindsey Kildow in 11th place as five U.S. women rolled into the top 25.
Isolde Kostner of Italy won her first race since November 2001.
Kostner, who won back-to-back downhills at Lake Louise, Alberta, at the start of the Olympic season – when she won the Olympic downhill silver medal – but was injured a year later in a racing crash, was second Friday in another downhill; Saturday, she won in 1 minute, 39.31 seconds. Renate Goetschl of Austria was second in 1:39.66 and leads the World Cup downhill standings. She’s second overall in World Cup standings, 45 points back of Sweden’s Anja Paerson, who is battling the flu.
A day after veteran Kirsten Clark suffered knee ligament damage and a broken wrist, McCarty – who was fifth Friday – finished ninth behind Kostner in 1:40.15. Kildow, who skied out in the first DH, was timed in 1:40.23 while Caroline Lalive of Steamboat Springs was the third American in the top 20, finishing 19th (1:40.74).
“It was pretty solid,” McCarty said. “I think I lost time off a jump – I didn’t hold it really well and landed far back, but I was really comfortable and relaxed again.”
McCarty bound for World Cup Finals?
“I haven’t been doing World Cups that long and these people are really good. I’m psyched to be up here I was,” she said.
Despite missing four World Cup downhills, McCarty appears to be on the verge of qualifying for World Cup Finals, which is for the top 25. Her two downhills moved her into 23rd place with one downhill remaining before Finals.
Libby Ludlow, who also crashed in the first downhill, was 21st with Jonna Mendes 23rd. Stacey Cook, in her second World Cup race, was 32nd, finishing 0.07 seconds out of the top 30, and Alison Powers of Winter Park, with times that had her headed toward a top-20, missed the final gate after losing a ski pole.
“After what happened (Friday with Clark’s crash and injuries), it was a great effort by the girls. They did an amazing job; I’m so proud of my team,” said U.S. head coach Patrick Riml. “It was just a great effort … They were really focused and going for it. We had a setback but they went out and really gave it their best. It was so much fun watching them.”
The women’s third race in three days comes today with a super-G before they head to Germany’s Arber Region for a giant slalom and slalom Feb. 7-8.
Eberharter wins again
Defending World Cup champion Stephan Eberharter, who won the fabled Hahnenkamm downhill a week ago, tore down the Kandahar race course Saturday to nip teammate Fritz Strobl by 0.09 seconds for the 28th win of his career in Garmisch, Germany.
An ailing Daron Rahlves, second to Eberharter in the Hahnenkamm but battling a cold this week, made a mid-race mistake and finished 14th.
Outdoor Life Network will broadcast coverage of the second downhill in Garmisch in 24 hours today at 3 p.m. MST and Thursday at 8 p.m. MST.
Eberharter, the Austrian who has won the overall, downhill and super-G titles the last two seasons, had a winning time of 1:58.70 with Strobl timed in 1:58.79. Completing the podium was Italy’s Alessandro Fattori (1:59.15).
Rahlves, who was second Friday in a downhill moved from Wengen, Switzerland, finished in 2:00.34 with Friedman 27th in 2:01.67 and Bode Miller 28th in 2:01.86. Frisco’s Jake Fiala didn’t finish his run.
“I maxed myself out (Friday),” Rahlves said. “It was tough today. I made mistakes all the way. It was really rough … so tough when you’re tired when you get in the start.
“I made a huge mistake,” he said. “I didn’t have the legs to pull it off. I’m glad I stayed in the course.”
It was the first time in five races Rahlves didn’t finish in the top three.
The men complete their weekend on the Zugspitze Sunday with a super-G before heading to Adelboden, Switzerland, for a giant slalom and slalom Feb. 7-8.