Tuesday, February 14, 2006
San Sicario, Italy The biggest question heading into the women's downhill today isn't who'll win -- it's who'll race.
Medal contenders Lindsey Kildow of the United States, Carole Montillet-Carles of France and Janica Kostelic of Croatia are waiting until race morning to decide whether to compete -- Kildow and Montillet-Carles after brutal crashes in Monday's training, Kostelic after falling ill.
The beneficiaries are Swe--den's Anja Paerson, Kildow's American teammate Julia Mancuso and a trio of veteran speedsters from Austria -- Michaela Dorfmeister, Renate Goetschl and Alexandra Meissnitzer.
All five have skied well in training runs marred by a string of crashes.
Kildow, who won two World Cup downhills earlier this season, was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, though her lower back and pelvis still hurt. Montillet-Carles, the defending Olympic champion, injured her rib, back and face in her crash. Kostelic pulled out suddenly before Tuesday's training, saying she didn't feel well -- and was next seen hugging her brother, Ivica, as he won silver in the men's combined Tuesday night.