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Hilde Gerg wins St. Moritz super G; Kildow second


Hilde Gerg wins St. Moritz super G; Kildow secondLindsey Kildow of Vail, Colorado, scored a career-best second-place finish at today’s World Cup super G in St. Moritz, Switzerland. With bright sunshine glaring off the fresh snow high above the treeline, Kildow was relaxed and aggressive on her way to finishing 0.37 seconds behind Germany’s Hilde Gerg.

“You’re buying dinner,” joked Maria Riesch of Germany, who was a close third, when she accompanied her friend Kildow to the prize money collection. “We’re young and it’s cool that these young girls are on the podium and the old ones are behind us,” Riesch told Ski Racing.

“I honestly don’t know what’s going on,” said Kildow breathlessly in the finish after her race. “I’m just skiing my best and trying to relax and it’s going really well…It’s kind of like all my preparation and racing from when I was young to now is building up, and I’m at the point now where I belong in the top three. I’m physically and mentally prepared for that, and I feel like I’m just skiing and relaxing. I’m supposed to be at this level, and hopefully next year I’ll be more dominant.”

Strong expressions of confidence also came from Bryna McCarty, who finished 25th. “I’m feeling a little more comfortable this year skiing with everyone,” said McCarty. “We’re all really good skiers, and we can all get in there. I know that I can compete with Lindsey, and she’s doing really well now and she’s been at it a little longer than me.”

Tanja Poutiainen of Finland sat out the race with a minor injury. The overall leader of the World Cup tweaked her back on Friday while training in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. After some chiropractic treatment and some light training in St. Moritz today, she is now ready to race the giant slalom tomorrow, according to her coach.

World Cup

Women’s super G
St Moritz, Switzerland
Dec. 21, 2004

1. Hilde Gerg, GER 1:14.95
2. Lindsey Kildow, USA 1:15.32
3. Maria Riesch, GER 1:15.40
4. Michaela Dorfmeister, AUT 1:15.42
5. Lucia Recchia, ITA 1:15.49
6. Tina Maze, SLO 1:15.75
7. Kelly Vanderbeek, CAN 1:25.81
8. Petra Haltmayr, GER 1:15.89
9. Renate Goetschl, AUT 1:15.99
10. Carole Montillet-Carles, FRA 1:15.94
11. Emily Brydon, CAN 1:16.01
12. Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, SUI 1:16.03
13. Anja Paerson, SWE 1:16.09
14. Isolde Kostner, ITA 1:16.11
15. Elisabeth Goergl, AUT 1:16.13
16. Janica Kostelic, CRO 1:16.17
17. Carolina Ruiz Castillo, SPA 1:16.19
18. Janette Hargin, SWE 1:16.25
19. Martina Ertl, GER 1:16.33
20. Ingrid Jacquemod, FRA 1:16.35
21. Silvia Berger, AUT 1:16.36
22. Barbara Kleon, ITA 1:16.43
23. Caroline Lalive, USA 1:16.45
24. Sylvaine Berthod, SUI 1:16.47
25. Bryna McCarty, USA 1:16.64
25. Martina Lechner, AUT 1:16.64
27. Alexandra Meissnitzer, AUT 1:16.70
28. Jonna Mendes, USA 1:16.71
28. Allison Forsyth, CAN 1:16.71
28. Andrea Fischbacher, AUT 1:16.71
other North Americans:
35. Julia Mancuso, USA 1:16.89
45. Melanie Turgeon, CAN 1:17.13
47. Kirsten Clark, USA 1:17.20
48. Genevieve Simard, CAN 1:17.32
50. Resi Stiegler, USA 1:17.36
51. Stacey Cook, USA 1:17.40
53. Sophie Splawinski, CAN 1:17.55
58. Anne Marie LeFrancois, CAN 1:17.95
61. Gail Kelly, CAN 1:18.17
DN: Libby Ludlow, USA.

THE SCOOP

by Hank McKee

equipment
Women’s SG, St Moritz, Switzerland, Dec. 21.2004Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Gerg, Volkl/Lange/Marker
2 Kildow, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
3 Riesch, Head/Lange/Tyrolia
4 Dorfmeister, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
5 Recchia, Volkl/Lange/Look
6 Maze, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Vanderbeek, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
8 Haltmayr, Fischer/Lange/Atomic
9 Goetschl, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
10 Montillet-Carles, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

The women’s super G, St Moritz, Switzerland, Dec. 21, 2004 is the 12th race of the 32 race women’s World Cup schedule. … It is the third of eight scheduled women’s super G’s. … It is the first of 13 races to be held in Switzerland this season (men and women). … The top eight finishers are within the same second.

It is the 20th career win for Hilde Gerg. … Her second of the season having won the 12/4 Lake Louise DH. … In the five “speed” events (DH & SG) held to date this season, Gerg has two wins, a third, a fourth and a 10th. … It is her eighth career SG win. … She is the first German to win a World Cup race at St Moritz. … It is the 44th German SG win. … Gerg now has three St Moritz podiums including second in last season’s pre-Christmas DH and third in DH 12/18/99.

It is the fourth career World Cup podium for Lindsey Kildow. … Her third this season in five “speed” races. … It is her second SG podium, both this season.

It is the ninth career podium for Maria Riesch. … Her first of the season and just her second scoring finish after Solden 10/23. … It is her fourth career SG podium.

It is a career best World Cup result for Kelly Vanderbeek and her first top 10 finish. …
It is the eighth best career finish for Emily Brydon. … Her career best also came at St Moritz 12/16/00 in DH. … It is her best, of two, finishes this season. … It is the fourth scoring finish of the season for Caroline Lalive. … The fifth scoring finish of the season for Bryna McCarty. … The third for Jonna Mendes. … The third for Allison Forsyth. … It is Forsyth’s second SG score of the season and career.

Tanja Poutiainen of Finland (did not race) leads the women’s World Cup standings 441-413 over Anja Paerson (13th). … Kildow is the top U.S. skier in the overall standings in fifth at 305. … Gerg leads the SG standings 176-170 over Michaela Dorfmeister (4th). … Kildow is third at 160. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 1515-1033 over the U.S.

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