Second Doesn't Suffice for Kildow


CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy Jan. 14, 2005 (AP by Andrew Dampf)--Lindsey Kildow has reached the point where finishing second is not good enough.

Even with only one World Cup victory in her career, Kildow feels she should be winning. She was the runner-up in a super-G Friday.

``I've been really happy with my results so far, but I haven't been able to win,'' the 20-year-old American said. ``I won the first race and now I'm not doing as well.''

Since recording her first victory in the opening downhill of the season Dec. 3, at Lake Louise, Alberta, Kildow has finished second three times and third once.

She leads the downhill standings and is second in super-G.

Kildow nearly took the super-G lead, too, but she lost Friday's race to Austria's Renate Goetschl.

Goetschl, who also won Wednesday's super-G here, covered the sun-drenched Olympia delle Tofane course in 1 minute, 13.98 seconds. Kildow finished 0.08 seconds behind, and Austria's Silvia Berger was third, 0.73 back.

Goetschl's record seventh victory in Cortina confirmed her role as a favorite for the upcoming world championships.

With 35 World Cup victories, Goetschl trails Germany's Katja Seizinger by one for third place on the career list. Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell leads with 62 wins, and Switzerland's Vreni Schneider is next with 55.

``To be on the same level as Seizinger would be a big thrill for me, because she was one of the best ever,'' said Goetschl, who could catch the German in downhills scheduled for the Tofane course Saturday and Sunday.

Goetschl donated her winner's check of nearly $30,000 to a tsunami relief fund.

With two super-G races left this season, Goetschl leads the event's standings with 309 points to Kildow's 290.

Kildow raced before Goetschl and posted the fastest time to that point despite making a big error and nearly skiing off course at the beginning of her run.

``When I came through the finish I didn't even think I was close,'' Kildow said.

She watched Goetschl's run on a TV monitor in the finish area, leaning down for a closer look as the Austrian crossed the line, then reacted by slamming her hands at her sides.

``Yeah, obviously I wanted to win as many races as I can. Today I just made too many mistakes,'' said Kildow, who lives in Vail, Colo. ``Fortunately, I know there are things I can correct in my skiing. I was only 0.08 behind, and I think my mistakes were quite costly.''

What annoyed Kildow even more than finishing second was failing to take the super-G lead.

``That's why I'm a little frustrated. I really did want to get that red bib,'' Kildow said. ``But I can make it up, I'm only 19 points behind. I'm very pleased with the consistency. In super-G, I've only had one race out of the top five, and that ain't bad.''

Goetschl, a former overall World Cup winner, is impressed by Kildow.

``She's stable and that's unbelievable,'' the Austrian said. ``She's really good and she's getting better. It's really surprising and it's good for us, good for the World Cup.''

Fans are starting to recognize Kildow, too. She was one of the most popular skiers in Cortina.

``People are getting used to seeing me around. I'm a contender for every speed event,'' she said. ``I have fun with the crowd. I love that people are out supporting ski racing and I think they see that and we kind of have a vibe going. It feels cool.''

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