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Kildow 4th, Mancuso 7th, Clark 8th in SG


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(From the US Ski Team)

VAL D’ISERE, France (Dec. 18) – Former super G world champion Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria took charge midway through her run Sunday and won a World Cup super G, knocking Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) off the podium into a tie for fourth place as three U.S. women broke into the top 10, five into the top 30.

OLN will broadcast World Cup coverage from Val d’Isere, France, and the men’s races in Italy today at 5 p.m. ET.Dorfmeister earned the 22nd win of her career in 1:17.59, edging teammate Alexandra Meissnitzer by nearly a half-second. Completing the top three was Canadian Emily Brydon (1:18.15).

Kildow – who won Saturday’s downhill with Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) in second place – was timed in 1:18.26 while Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was seventh in 1:18.45 and Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) eighth with a time of 1:18.48 with Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) 21st and Bryna McCarty (Concord, VT) 26th.

“Five in the points, three in the top 10…we’ll take it. They’re skiing so well and we’re going to have some super G podiums soon. They’re so close, said Women’s Head Coach Patrick Riml.

“This was a day when you needed that fine line between a soft touch and going too hard, he said. “Libby, for instance, has been skiing so well but I think she just pushed a little too much…but it was another good one for her.

After some two feet of snow hit Val d’Isere in the previous 36 hours, forcing an early end to Saturday’s downhill after 36 racers, the SG course was buffed, according to Riml. “The organizers had a lot to fight this weekend and they did a sensational job getting the races off…really, a great job.

Next up for the women is a GS and slalom pairing Wednesday and Thursday in Spinderluv Mlyn, Czech Republic. Kildow, Mancuso, Clark, Lalive and Ludlow will fly from Zurich to join the U.S. tech group; McCarty and Stacey Cook (Truckee, CA) will ski in Europa Cup speed races before the holiday break.



50th Criterium de la Premiere Neige
Val d’Isere, FRA – Dec. 18, 2005
Women’s Super G

1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:17.59
2. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 1:18.08
3. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:18.15
4T. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, Colo., and Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, Switzerland, 1:18.26

7. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:18.45
8. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:18.48
20. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, Wash., 1:18.91
25. Bryna McCarty, Concord, Vt., 1:19.07
33. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 1:19.42
37. Stacey Cook, Truckee, Calif., 1:19.80

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