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Kildow freshens up for French races with record-setting shut-eye

Kildow freshens up for French races with record-setting shut-eye{mosimage}VAL D’ISERE, France – Lindsey Kildow set a personal record shortly after she arrived in the French Alps. Not by skiing faster than ever before, but by sleeping.

“I slept 15 hours – I just passed out,” Kildow said Thursday. “That’s my record by about three hours.”

The 21-year-old American won a downhill race earlier this season at Lake Louise, Alberta, and leads the World Cup downhill standings with 145 points.
Now, she’s looking ahead to February’s Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

“I’m thinking about my energy levels how and much I push myself,” Kildow said. “I feel I have more to give, which gives me a lot of confidence for Turin. I think I’ll be at full force when the Olympics come around.”

Kildow finished eighth in training Thursday but is expected to be a top contender in Saturday’s downhill.

“Today felt better than my first training run at Lake Louise, so that’s encouraging,” said Kildow, who is fifth in the overall World Cup standings.

Last season, Kildow had the the best season by an American woman since Picabo Street in 1995-96. She finished sixth in the overall standings – matching Street’s performance – and was the youngest skier in the top 10.

Kildow also placed third in super G and was fourth overall in downhill.
She leads the current downhill standings by five points ahead of Michaela Dorfmeister, who was fastest in training Thursday. Kildow is trying not to put herself under too much pressure.

“Last year I was kind of tweaky and I’d think about holding onto it until the end,” she said. “But that’s not going to happen. You can go up and down from first place to sixth place in two races … the important thing is having it at the end. So I don’t put too much weight on it.”

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