U.S. skier has a cow on her winning day!

Lindsey Kildow of the United States celebrates in the finish area  after winning the women's World...

Lindsey Kildow of the United States celebrates in the finish area after winning the women's World Cup Downhill at Lake Louise, Alta., Saturday December 2, 2006.(CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody)

DARREN FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

LAKE LOUISE -- Lindsey Kildow had a cow while celebrating her victory at the Winterstart World Cup.

No, she wasn't angry or upset in anyway, but the 22-year-old American skier announced a new member of the Kildow fan club following her downhill win yesterday.

"(Olympe) had a baby," said an ecstatic Kildow, who was referring to her prize bovine that gave birth to a girl.

"I named her Sunny.

"I'm going to go visit them when I go over to Europe. I've got to learn how to milk her first, though," added Kildow with a laugh.

Kildow was given a gold medal for her efforts yesterday, but last season in Val d'Isere, France, she was awarded a cow upon crossing the finish line first.

But instead of returning the animal and collecting the $1,200 in exchange, Kildow decided to keep it.

Not nearly as unique, but just as satisfying, Kildow added another Lake Louise World Cup title as she beat second-place Renate Goetschl of Austria by more than a second.

Kildow's time of one minute 48.84 seconds not only topped Goetschl (1:50.17), it also forced former winner Anja Paerson of Sweden (1:50.56) to settle with third.

For Canada, it was another disappointing day for the team in general.

However, Fernie's Emily Brydon made the most of her No. 35 starting bib to finish 11th with a time of 1:51.49.

The finish was a confidence builder for Brydon heading into the super-G today and then off to Europe for the bulk of the season.

"Today was more fun because I made the choice to ski for myself," said Brydon. "It's not a podium finish, but I can build on this."

Kelly VanderBeek was the next fastest Canadian, finishing tied for 18th with a time of 1:51.84.

The Chilliwack, B.C., resident said she is pumped and ready to ski in the super-G.

"I skied very well at the top. I fixed all my mistakes from (Friday). I'm ready to get on with the super-G," VanderBeek said.

"It's great to go all out in the super-G because you just have to go for it."


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