Vail’s Lindsey Kildow leads five Americans in top 15

AP Photo Lindsey Kildow, of the United States, hits a gate on her way to sixth place in the Lake Louise women's World Cup super-G skiing race on Sunday.

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Kildow, of Vail, led five American women into the top 15 of the first World Cup super G of the season Sunday, finishing sixth while Austrians swept the podium.

Alexandra Meissnitzer won in 1 minute, 21.73 seconds, while Kildow, who won Saturday’s downhill at Lake Louise, finished sixth with Kirsten Clark, of Raymond, Maine, seventh for her best result since tearing ligaments in her knee on January 2004. In addition, Libby Ludlow, of Bellevue, Wash., was 10th for the best result of her career while Caroline Lalive, of Steamboat Springs, finished 13th and Julia Mancuso, of Olympic Valley, Calif., and SG bronze medalist at the 2005 World Championships, tied for 14th.

“It was a good result for Lindsey, of course, and a helluva race for ‘Clarky’ … and awesome for Libby and ‘Liner’ (Lalive),” said U.S. Head Coach Patrick Riml. “I’m very happy with the way the girls went after it and pushed it. “We want them to pick it up a little bit, but they’re all skiing pretty well,” he said.

Jonna Mendes, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., who crashed Saturday in the second of two downhills, sat out the race. But Riml said she “was sore but not seriously hurt. She’ll be fine.”Next stop for the women is Aspen with the Sirius Satellite Radio Aspen Winternational, including a super G Friday, giant slalom Saturday and slalom Sunday. The Aspen Winternational also is the second stop of the 10-weeks-to-Torino string of competitions in alpine, nordic, freestyle and snowboard as part of the selection process for the 2006 Olympic Team.

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