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Sad day for Lindsey Kildow

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Suffered severe crash on downhill training run.

Story here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/alpine/5103406/detail.html
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She will be sore as hell, but in the long run, she is young and strong and one of the young breed .... she'll race again.
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Odd historical note: Kildow had a similarly dramatic (though apparently not as hard) crash during training for the World Championships last year.

The reports are kind of vague about how banged up she was. Aside from the physical effects, it can be a signficant psychological barrier, particularly running the same course just a few days later.
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I feel badly for her > she's had such great results this yr

Let's just hope she can overcome that damned little voice in the head and get back in the saddle again !
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It looked pretty bad based on the footage with a big bounce before she landed on her back/side. The French skier, Montillet-Carles, looked even worse as she went through the first protective fence and was caught and held by a second. The Canadian, Forsyth, who had the third big fall will be on her way back to Canada for surgery to repair a torn ACL. Tough all around for three athletes to possibly finish the season this way.

For those who follow luge, the conditions on track are even worse and we saw about six serious crashes in the first and second women's run. This is after structural modifications due to safety concerns from last year.
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NBCOlympics.com, somewhat bizarrely, has a positive-ish prognosis from Picabo Street (insert mandatory Picabo ICU pun here).

Libby Ludlow already participated in the training runs (as did Richardson and Stiegler, though only in prep for the combined, I think).
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CBC just reported that Kildow's only injury is a baadly bruised hip and that she's still expected to compete.
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My question is who the hell put all those stupid rollers in the course? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
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If it wasn't for those rollers, the course would be too easy. However, I can't remember a season where the skiers caught their edges so much, both in the women's and men's races. Several guys were injured at Bormio alone after catching edges. My guess is they have maxed out the amount of sidecut combined with the height above the ski that they mount the boot. That, combined with how icy the snow is after injecting it with water, means they are obliged to keep their edges really sharp, making edge catches even easier. Makes me wonder what, if anything, is being done by the ski companies to address this.
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She landed hard right on her a$$. Sounds like she'll be back for more.

She must be sore. If I fell like that I wouldn't be able to walk for a month.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bez
If it wasn't for those rollers, the course would be too easy.
Well, they should have thought about that before they selected the venue. It's not worth hurting people....

L
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Originally Posted by Lonnie
My question is who the hell put all those stupid rollers in the course? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
Those type of rollers are awesome fun when recreational skiing, but I'm not sure I'd want to have them on a race course. But then I couldn't do what they do anyway! I'm in Awe of those women!
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I'm at home today and recorded and watched the 3:00am to 9:00 am live broadcast. It looks like she WILL be participating in the DH, and the bruised hip is not as bad as first thought. That said, I think her chances of winning or coming close are a lot lower, but at least she'll get to participate.
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Speaking of bruised hip, what is the correct way to treat a bad bruise? Ice for swelling or massage to promote circulation?
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Originally Posted by Lonnie
Well, they should have thought about that before they selected the venue. It's not worth hurting people....

L
After all the crashes in yesterday's training run, several racers were interviewed about the added rollers and they all defended them as being an integral challenge for the course. Besides, you can't always equate more bumps, rollers, and jumps with increased danger.

Consider this from a racer's point of view: bumps and rollers grab the racer's attention and forces them to stand up and absorb the terrain, which also has the added side effect of slowing them down. Without any bumps, the racers would be tucking far more of the course at much higher speeds and taking many more chances, which usually equates with disaster. Bumps require the racers to use more of their skills and to give the course respect.
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