Kildow Wins Again in Lake Louise Downhill


December 2, 2006

LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA - (USST News Bureau Release) - Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) overcame zero-degree cold Saturday to win for the third straight year at Lake Louise, her second podium in two days and fifth win of her World Cup career. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) punched into 10th place. Kildow, who was second Friday in the opening downhill of the season, gathered speed at every split into the bottom of the 3K Olympic downhill run and finished in 1:48.84. Renate Goetschl of Austria, former World Championships DH gold medalist and World Cup champion, was second in 1:50.27 with Sweden's Anja Paerson - two-time World Cup overall champion - in third (1:50.56).

"I was really shocked. I couldn't believe I was that far ahead," Kildow said. She collected her first World Cup victory at Lake Louise to open the 2005 season, then added her second there on the same day a year ago when Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) and Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) went 1-2 in a giant slalom in Beaver Creek, CO.

But she's still trying to figure out how she's so successful at Lake Louise. "I don't know why," Kildow told journalists for the third or fourth - or 10th - time in 24 hours. "I was just going for it. I really wanted it...

"I kept my skis running downhill. ...I didn't feel I was going that fast."

At the same time, the two-time Olympian conceded five or six years of running speed races at Lake Louise has built a good comfort level for her at the traditional women's opening speed weekend. "I know this hill so well. I know this course like the back of my hand. In the start, I don't have to think about it," she explained.

She said it was a great honor to be on the podium with Goetschl, who has 38 World Cup wins in her career, apart from World Cup and World Championships titles. "I've got a lot of work to do" to catch Goetschl, she said with a laugh.

Behind Kildow in the race where nine skiers who started outside the first 30 scored points, Mancuso was timed in 1:51.40 with two other U.S. skiers in the top 30 - Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) tied for 24th and Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) 30th.

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