February 14, 2006 09:00 AM

American medal hopeful Lindsey Kildow careened out of control and slammed into the frozen downhill course at 50 mph Monday on a training run in Torino, forcing her to be carried off the mountain on a stretcher and airlifted to a hospital.

And yet, despite the horrors of the crash, the 21-year-old American escaped serious injury and refuses to be counted out of the competition.

After spending the night in a Turin hospital as a precaution, Kildow underwent tests that showed her lone injury was a bruised hip, the Associated Press reports.

“I’ve known Lindsey for about 10 years,” U.S. Alpine physician Bill Sterett said after treating her. “She’s a pretty tough young lady. Almost nothing surprises me about her. Until we tell her she absolutely can’t race, she’s not going to rule it out.”

Kildow is entered in all five Alpine events, but the downhill – scheduled for Wednesday – is her favorite and her best. She was second-fastest in Sunday’s training run and has two World Cup downhill victories this season.

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