LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) – Lindsey Kildow rocketed down a course she knows as well as any to win a World Cup downhill Saturday, finishing a whopping 1.33 seconds ahead of Austria’s Renate Goetschl.

Kildow captured a downhill for the third time at Lake Louise, covering the Olympic course in 1 minute, 48.84 seconds. Goetschl followed at 1:50.17 and Sweden’s Anja Paerson was third at 1:50.56.

“I didn’t honestly expect to do as well,” said Kildow, who was second in Friday’s opening downhill of the season. “I was pretty nervous in the start. I knew some of the earlier girls had good runs. I just told myself not to think about it. Just go as fast as you can.”

Germany’s Maria Riesch, who had missed most of the last two seasons with knee injuries, won Friday’s opening women’s downhill race of the season.

Kildow also won downhills in Lake Louise in 2004 and 2005. The American was third in a super-giant slalom last year.

“I have so much confidence,” she said. “I know this hill inside out. I know every bump and every turn of this course. Maybe that’s why I’m so confident and solid on my skis here.”

Emily Brydon was the top Canadian, 11th place. No Canadian woman has reached the podium since Lake Louise began holding World Cup races in 1989.

The weekend of racing wraps up Sunday with a super-giant slalom.


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