February 14, 2006

Alpine skiing-Kildow confident again after crash

TURIN (Reuters) - U.S. downhill medal hopeful Lindsey
Kildow is feeling "really good" and is confident again despite
feeling like a 4x4 hit her in the side, her mentor former
Olympic gold medal winner Picabo Street said on Tuesday.

Kildow, who won two World Cup downhills in December and had
hoped to earn her first Olympic medal in Wednesday's downhill,
was flown to hospital in Turin on Monday after she fell
awkwardly halfway down in a practice run.

"She's actually really good, I spoke to her this morning,
she's much better and she's feeling comfortable. Now she'll
just have to make a decision as to which race she participates
in and at what power she's got for that race," Street told

"No she's hasn't lost any (confidence), absolutely, in fact
I think it's gone in the other direction, she's actually calmer
and more relaxed than she was before," said Street who won gold
in 1998 and is writing a blog for sponsor Panasonic at the 20th

Kildow did the splits after losing control halfway down the
course. She tumbled through the air before sliding to a halt.

Street said she left Kildow at 11.00 p.m. last night with a
"huge plate of pasta."

"It was really nice to be able to spend the day with her,
and help her through it. She's young, she's 21, she's never
been through that before.

"If she wasn't as big and strong a girl as she is, she
would have a broken pelvis ... she feels like someone wound up
and, whack, hit her with a big, old 4x4."