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February 20, 2006
SAN SICARIO, Italy (USSA Press Release)—Skiing in her third Olympic event, Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) posted the best U.S. finish Monday as she was seventh in the super G. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was 11th, Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) 14th and Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) 28th. Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister won her second gold medal of the ’06 Games.
Dorfmeister won the gold by recording a time of 1:32.47. She was followed by silver medalist Janica Kostelic of Croatia (1:32.74) and bronze medal winner Alexandra Meissnitzer, also from Austria (1:33.06). Dorfmeister, who plans on retiring after the season, won gold in the downhill as well.
Kildow finished the course in 1:33.42, good for seventh place. Mancuso posted a time of 1:33.72 to finish 11th, Clark was 14th in 1:33.98 and Ludlow was 28th in 1:35.01.
Kildow has surprised many by skiing in three events since she crashed hard last Monday in downhill training. She was helicoptered to a hospital in Torino, was released Tuesday and skied the downhill Wednesday, in which she placed eighth.
“I’m lucky to be skiing today, so I have to put everything in perspective and be happy for the things I have in my life,” said Kildow. “I’m still hurting when I ski. I’m doing okay, I can walk normally now. I have this pocket of fluid in my back and it doesn’t want to go away. It’s causing a lot of pain when I ski and restricting my movements.”
Kildow finished sixth in combined and 32nd in slalom at the 2002 Olympics.
“I’m skiing great,” said Kildow. “I just don’t know where I could have made up the time. Even if I was healthy, I don’t know where it went.”
Mancuso was also competing in her third event. She was seventh in downhill to lead the U.S. and ninth in the combined.
Clark is a three-time Olympian, while Ludlow was making her Olympic debut.
“It was pretty decent, I thought I had a good run, but sometimes on the flat runs it doesn’t work out for me,” said Ludlow.
The women have two events remaining at the Torino Olympics – the slalom on Feb. 22 and the giant slalom on Feb. 24.[pagebreak]XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
San Sicario, ITA – Feb. 20, 2006
Women’s Super G
1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:32.47
2. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1;32.74
3. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 1:33.06
4. Kelly Vanderbeek, Canada, 1:33.09
5. Carole Montillet-Carles, France, 1:33.31
7. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, Colo., 1:33.42
11. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:33.72
14. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:33.98
28. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, Wash., 1:35.01