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Kildow puts crash behind her with win on Olympic course

Kildow puts crash behind her with win on Olympic course

Lindsey Kildow always thought she could have won the gold medal at the Olympics if not for her crash. Now she knows it.
Kildow won a World Cup super-G Sunday on the same course where she fell in downhill training at last year's Turin Games.
"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."
The American led at every split point 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 at the top of 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 leads the overall standings with 1,001 points. Marlies Schild, who didn't gain any points with a 31st-place finish, is second with 916 points.
Goetschl also has a 130-point lead on Kildow in the super-G standings, with only two races remaining.
Christine Sponring was third, 0.29 back, to match her finish in Friday's super-G. Julia Mancuso finished eighth in perfect sunny conditions.
Mancuso also finished eighth in Friday's super-G, and was fifth in Saturday's downhill. She entered the weekend on a U.S. record streak of five straight podiums.
"It's just not really my hill," Mancuso said.
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 was hospitalized overnight after her crash at the Olympics. 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.
"I tried to compete," Kildow said. "Even if I didn't get a medal, it was the effort that counted."
Kildow will get another chance to prove herself at the worlds, which begin in Are, Sweden next weekend.
"Two podiums in one weekend gives me a lot of confidence," she said. "World Championships look really bright for me _ I'm really psyched. I feel I have a lot to prove at big championships. I have to deal with the pressure."
Before she flies to Sweden, Kildow is looking forward to spending time with her cows _ Olam and Sunny _ at the U.S. team's European base in Kirchberg, Austria.
Kildow won a cow after her win in Val d'Isere last season, and Sunny was born shortly thereafter.
"I can't wait to see them," Kildow said.


Updated : 2021-04-21 06:22 GMT+08:00