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Local French farmers gave U.S. skier Lindsey Kildow a cow as a gift as she competed in a nearby World Cup event. The farmers thought she might give it back, but Kildow says she'll keep it.

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US skier Lindsey Kildow patted a tawny brown cow just before last week's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, France. She won that race and cheese farmers in the area gave her the cow that she'd patted, renamed Olympe to encourage her success in February's Olympic Games. Lindsey Kildow success that is, not the cow. The farmers assumed that all would laugh, exchange handshakes, pose for pictures, gain a little publicity for French cheese and that Ms. Kildow would give back the cow. But she says she wants to keep it. `I have a pet in Europe!' she says. Ms. Kildow says she'll have people in the area care for the cow before shipping her to a farm close to the US team training base in Austria. `I'll miss her for a while,' she says, `but oh, well, we're not going to be together, but hopefully she'll be thinking about me.'

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