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Kildow provides best hope for U.S. women’s team

Associated Press

BORMIO, Italy – Before the season began, the U.S. women’s team set its goal of winning four medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships.

With Lindsey Kildow surging and several teammates also in the running, that number seems attainable.

“I think the course suits everybody well on our team,” head coach Patrick Riml said.

The women’s course in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, held four World Cup races earlier this month. Kildow finished second and fourth in two downhills, veteran Kristina Koznick was second in a slalom and Julia Mancuso was fourth in a giant slalom for her best World Cup result.

Kildow, a top medal contender in the super giant slalom, downhill and combined, has higher goals this time.

“Obviously at the world championships you want to be world champion,” she said. “But world championships are different than World Cup and for me, this is my first time, so I’m going to try not to be disappointed with whatever result I get.”

While her one victory of the season came in the downhill and her six podiums are evenly split between downhill and super-G, Kildow is most excited about the super-G that opens the worlds for the women Sunday.

“I just have a good feeling about it,” she said. “I think I’m skiing well in both events.”

For Mancuso, giant slalom is her best bet.She finished fourth in the giant slalom at Santa Caterina on Jan. 8 after coming into the race without any training.

The Americans’ biggest medal contender in the gate disciplines is Koznick in slalom. Koznick took second in a slalom at Santa Caterina on Jan. 9.

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