Dear Lindsey Kildow- Thank You For A Great Week, SO CLOSE. The Forum @ www.snowjournal.com really appreciated your efforts. "Kildow fourth... again American medal favourite Lindsey Kildow was lost for an explanation on Sunday after finishing fourth at the world championships for the second time in three days."
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Fanchini unknown no more For much of the women's downhill race at the Santa Caterina World Championships Sunday, an Italian was solidly camped in the winner's circle, watching and waiting as skier after skier unsuccessfully chased her top time. Her name? Elena Fanchini. Who's that? Good question...
"It's like… wooooooo" Just 19, Fanchini is a highly touted but hitherto unknown entity on the Italian team.Her previous best result was a third place finish in a European Cup race in December. Fanchini has never won a downhill event -- at any level of the sport -- and has only contested the discipline four times in World Cup competition.Her best finish in the senior top flight is a modest 17th place, and just one month ago at a downhill doubleheader held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Fanchini finished 39th and 43rd -- anonymous placings to say the least."I know no one expected this, but I believed in it all the way," Fanchini said Sunday after climbing off the World Championship downhill podium with the silver medal, second to just Croatian ski queen Janica Kostelic."I knew I was in good form. I could feel it all the way."Just the eighth skier of 29 on Sunday's downhill, Fanchini dropped into a catch-me-if-you-can descent, letting the skis run free and melting the course in a stellar time of 1 min 40.16 seconds.Even eventual winner Kostelic was impressed: "When I saw Fanchini's time I thought we might as well go home. I thought no one could catch that time," the Croatian said.Fidgety and looking a tad shell-shocked in the winner's circle, Fanchini issued soft applauds and furtive glances as the world's best tried (and failed) to match her time. "I'm so happy. It was beautiful," Fanchini beamed when the silver medal was confirmed in her name, making her the first Italian woman to earn a World Championship downhill medal in 43 years.Fanchini's performance was just the continuation of a dream week for the family as a whole, Elena's younger sister Nadia having just missed the podium with a fourth-place result in the super-G."That result for Nadia really fired me up," Elena explained. "After that I knew that it wasn't impossible. I hope now that this silver medal will fire Nadia up in the same way for her giant slalom race [Tuesday]."Whether Elena and Nadia become the Venus and Serena of Alpine skiing remains to be seen.But the family may still have an ace up its sleeve. The youngest Fanchini sister, Sabrina, 16, is moving on up, already competing on the European Cup circuit.
Eurosport - AT - 06/02/2005
Kostelic queen of the hill Croatian Janica Kostelic put in a golden performance in the women's downhill at the World Championships Sunday, slapping down an unbeatable line to edge out Italian 19-year-old upstart Elena Fanchini. Renate Goetschl brought in the bronze for Austria.
BORMIO 2005: Women's DH RE-LIVE! BORMIO 2005: Kostelic confirmsKostelic continued her Santa Caterina high, winning her second gold of these 2005 World Championships after the combined title on Friday.The Croatian cut a death defying line off the top of the Deborah Compagnoni slope, a screamer of a hill that plunged 785 metres over a distance of just under three kilometres.Kostelic pulled a small bobble just before the finish, running wide but recovering her line to win the race 0.26 seconds faster than Italian Elena Fanchini."When I saw Fanchini's time I thought we might as well go home, I thought no one could catch that time," Kostelic said."But I was relaxed and had a smooth run and to win a downhill gold medal is simply incredible for me," she added.Fanchini, just 19, was the revelation of the race, the Italian having previously raced just four downhills on the World Cup circuit and never finishing better than 17th place.The eighth of 29 athletes to hit Sunday's downhill, Fanchini sat thunderstruck in the winner's circle, her eyes growing wider and wider with wonderment as she realised she was within reach of the podium.Fanchini, whose younger sister Nadia finished fourth in the super-G last week, was overcome with emotion at the finish. "It's fantastic, it is incredible, I just never expected a result like this. It is just so nice," she said."My goal was a top five but a medal was simply beyond my dreams. I was inspired by Nadia doing so well in super-G and so I took some risks."In the end, just Kostelic could do better than Fanchini, as final competitor Renate Goetschl could only manage third for Austria.The powerhouse nation has gone relatively hungry at the World Championships, Austria always gunning for gold but thus far harvesting just one, thanks to Benjamin Raich in the men's combined.
Eurosport - AT - 06/02/2005
Kildow fourth... again American medal favourite Lindsey Kildow was lost for an explanation on Sunday after finishing fourth at the world championships for the second time in three days. Billed as a strong contender for glory at the championships, Kildow has taken six podium places on this season's World Cup circuit.
Coach's CornerBut the 20-year-old Kildow missed out on a medal by less than three-tenths of a second in Sunday's downhill race.The victory went to Croatia's Janica Kostelic with Italy's Elena Fanchini taking silver and Austrian Renate Goetschl pipping Kildow for bronze.On Thursday, Kildow finished fourth in the combined event, losing the bronze on that occasion by just two-tenths of a second."It's the worst feeling ever -- two fourth places is, like, so bad," a tearful Kildow told reporters. "I thought I skied good, there was a little mistake on the bottom but I don't really know where I lost all my time."With one year to go until the Winter Olympics, Kildow's two fourth places suggest the young American will have plenty more medal chances in Turin, but that seemed of little consolation on Sunday."I definitely have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what I'm doing wrong and what it's going to take to win at the Olympics and obviously it's going to be more than I initially anticipated," she said. "I skied the way I've always been skiing, and I've been getting podium places all season but today I didn't on the one day when I really needed to."I may be young but my goal was to be world champion this year. You don't spend six hours a day in the gym just to get fourth place. I guess maybe my time is next year, but I don't know."
Reuters - 06/02/2005