February 16, 2006

Kildow ready to race, says Street

By Clare Fallon

SAN SICARIO, Italy (Reuters) - American Lindsey Kildow is
recovering well from her training crash and is ready to race in
Friday's Olympic Alpine skiing combined event, her friend and
former racer Picabo Street said on Thursday.

"I spoke to her and she is full of energy and she is going
to go in the combined, and in the super-G if her back is not
too sore," Street told Reuters.

Street, who was Olympic super-G champion in 1998, spent
time with Kildow at the Turin hospital where the medal hopeful
was taken after hurting her back and head in a bad crash on the
Fraiteve Olympic course on Monday.

Thursday's training run for the combined downhill was
called off because of falling snow and poor visibility but the
racers had the chance of three training runs on the same hill
before the downhill race.

Starting numbers for Friday would be decided by World Cup
standings, officials said.

Defending Olympic champion Janica Kostelic is also expected
to return to the slopes for Friday's competition after pulling
out of Wednesday's downhill with a high pulse rate.

"Today everything is under control and hopefully she will
be in tomorrow's race," the Croatian's spokesman Ozren Mueller
said earlier on Thursday.