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Kildow hopes to return following training crash

February 14, 2006


Don't rule Lindsey Kildow out of these Winter Games just yet, or even out of Wednesday's downhill event. Despite a scary crash that got her airlifted to the hospital Monday, she hasn't given up any of her starting spots.

"Lindsey is doing remarkably well considering the high-speed crash, and the initial on-scene reports," her agent, Sue Dorf, said via e-mail Monday night. "We'll know a lot more about her condition tomorrow."

Kildow was unavailable for comment.

The Americans' top-ranked downhiller was training for Wednesday's downhill event on the San Sicario course when she crossed her skis just before going airborne at the top of a jump, said U.S. Alpine coach Jesse Hunt. Her fall was so severe, spectators and competitors collectively gasped.

Initial reports were sketchy, and there was a rumor that she had broken her back. But U.S. Alpine ski team physician William Sterett said the damage was limited to severe bruising on her hip.

"At this point there doesn't appear to be any other injuries," he said. "She's pretty banged up and she's pretty sore, but she's in good spirits and doing pretty well."

Kildow, 21, is the world's No. 2-ranked downhiller and expected to compete in four races in Turin: the downhill, giant slalom, Super G and combined.

She was one of three skiers to be taken off the hill on toboggans after crashing Monday, including defending gold medalist Carle Montillet-Carles of France, who was released Monday evening after hospital tests came back negative. But U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association spokesman Tom Kelly said there have been no complaints about the course.

"The course is fine. There is no issue with the course," he said. "They've had really good preparation, really good weather. There's no issue with the course preparation."

Czech Republic skier Lucie Hrstkova said the crashes changed her approach on her test run Monday.

"That's why I didn't go at full speed," she said. "I remember I have crashed in the jumps before during the World Championships ... 100 kph speeds are pretty scary. I think the course is difficult - bumpy and long. That's why you have to stay focused all the time."


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