Lalive top U.S. woman in worlds training

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Caroline Lalive of Steamboat Springs was the top American and finished sixth overall in a women's World Cup training run Monday.

The training run is leading up to Sunday's downhill race at the World Alpine Championships in Santa Caterina, Italy.

Lalive, 25, placed 12th in the super-G championship race earlier in the week. She already has two, top-10 World Cup downhill finishes on the Santa Caterina course this month. In December, Lalive placed fourth in a super-G at Altenmarkt, Austria, narrowly missing a career fifth World Cup podium.

The best female skiers in the world missed their chance at a second downhill training run Tuesday because of snow and wind on the course.

The published schedule for televised coverage of the Alpine World Championships includes 10 a.m. showing Saturday and Sunday on USA network, 11 a.m. Feb. 12 on NBC, and 1 p.m. Feb. 13 on NBC.

In addition to the women's downhill race to be held Monday, Lalive will compete in the "combined" race, which requires athletes to ski a slalom race and a shorter downhill for a single result.

Lalive finished seventh in combined at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, but has not skied as much slalom this winter as she has in past seasons.

Lalive will be joined on the U.S. women's World Championship downhill team by Lindsey Kildow of Vail and Kristen Clark of Raymond, Maine. U.S. coaches will choose between Bryna McCarty and Jonna Mendes for a final spot. Also skiing in the combined for the U.S. will be Julia Mancuso, who won the bronze medal in super-G on Sunday.

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