Kildow already thinking about 2010
SAN SICARIO, Italy – Lindsey Kildow has reached the conclusion that her destiny does not await her within the Italian Alps.The 21-year-old former Ski Club Vail racer finished seventh in Monday’s Olympic super-G with a time of one minute, 33.42 seconds – nearly a second slower than winner Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria (1:32.47), who, after her downhill victory last week, will retire with two Olympic gold medals. Janica Kostelic of Croatia (1:32.74) also earned her second medal of the Games with a silver to add to her combined gold, while Austria’s Alexandra Meissnitzer (1:33.06) snuck in for the bronze.Two weeks ago, Kildow had envisioned a modest collection of medals herself by now, but feels she is hampered by a back injury sustained in a crash two days before her first Olympic event last Wednesday.”I thought I had a really good run,” she said of the super-G race. “I don’t know what I could have done differently. Maybe if I was healthy, it would be a different story.”Kildow’s seventh was the best result of Americans in the field, with Julia Mancuso coming in 11th, Kirsten Clark 14th and Libby Ludlow 27th.Many athletes complained about how, unlike last week’s downhill, the super-G course was flat, non-technical and well … just too easy.”There’s really no technical sections where you can set yourself apart from the other athletes,” Kildow said. “I was giving it everything I had. A couple people mentioned maybe I wasn’t getting as low as I normally do in my tuck. Maybe subconsciously the pain is affecting me.”Kildow was not limping as badly Monday as she was following a fall that ended her combined slalom run on Friday. She said her pain is caused by a build up of fluid in her back, adding that it might become necessary to “stick a needle in and get all of that crap out.”The 2006 Olympics aren’t over yet for Kildow. She is the only woman on the U.S. Team skiing in all five events and has Wednesday’s slalom and Friday’s giant slalom yet to come.Kildow still managed to smile after Monday’s super-G, and while she still has the slalom and GS, she’s already thinking about the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.”I love Whistler,” she said of the venue for the 2010 alpine skiing events. “I had a lot of success there when I was a little kid. I’m just hoping by the next Olympics, I’ll be healthy. And a little more lucky. And be on the podium like I know I can be.”All in all, the Torino Games have simply fallen short of Kildow’s certainty that something phenomenal would come her way here.”I thought my destiny was going to be here,” she said. “But apparently, this wasn’t my place. Maybe North America is my time to shine.”
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