LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) _ Lindsey Kildow of the United States won her first World Cup race Friday, taking the season's first downhill in 1 minute, 23.44 seconds.
The 20-year-old Kildow battled wind and swirling snow on a shortened men's Olympic downhill course.
``It's so awesome,'' said Kildow, whose previous best finishes were third and fifth last year in downhills at Cortina, Italy. ``I just tried to stay as relaxed as possible. The main thing for me is not to be nervous because I have the skiing ability.''
Carole Montillet-Carles of France was second in 1:23.63, followed by Hilde Gerg of Germany in 1:23.69.
``I was a little bit stressed after the training because I didn't feel so well,'' Montillet-Carles said. ``I was searching for the good line. Today, I wanted to be aggressive. I did not make the perfect run but I was very happy.''
American Libby Ludlow was taken from the hill by helicopter after a fall. She was taken to a hospital, but no information about her injury was immediately available.
High winds and snow forced the start of the race to be lowered to the men's super-G start.