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WORLD CUP SKIING

Mancuso wins downhill; Kildow takes 3d

VAL D'ISERE, France -- Julia Mancuso won a downhill yesterday for her first World Cup victory, with teammate Lindsey Kildow third in a strong American finish.

Mancuso, the Olympic giant slalom champion, completed the 1.55-mile course in 1 minute 38.93 seconds. Austria's Renate Goetschl was the runner-up, 0.43 seconds behind. Kildow, winner in Val D'Isere last year, was next in 1:39.47.

"To win my first World Cup race feels good, but I always knew it was there, it was just the case of being able to execute," Mancuso said. "That was a pretty solid run I'd say, my skis were working for me."

Mancuso won her first race since taking the giant slalom in Turin last February. She placed 10th and 39th in downhill races at Lake Louise, Alberta, earlier this month.

"I was pretty nervous actually, though I knew I had a pretty good run, but you really never know in skiing," Mancuso said. "I felt like I executed everywhere I could, with no real big mistakes and my lines were good, so I just had to wait."

Kildow leads the downhill standings with 240 points, 85 more than Goetschl. Anja Paerson of Sweden finished fourth despite feeling ill before the race.

Italian skier Nadia Fanchini broke her right wrist and was briefly knocked unconscious when she crashed near the bottom of the course.

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