Thomas is also
her bowling partner, bodyguard and self-esteem cop, cheering her up, for
example, after she butchered the late turn and lost that race at Whistler. As
an ex-racer he's singularly empathetic. He is over the moon for his bride, and
vice versa. "My husband is my life, besides skiing," Lindsey writes on
her MySpace page, "so don't even try to get my number!"
affection is abundantly appropriate, but not in a treacly, goo-goo-eyed kind of
way. During some downtime in their condo at Whistler, Thomas was stooped before
a gleaming, postmodern dishwasher, which, despite intense button-pushing,
refused to wash dishes. "It really wasn't a problem," he said,
"until Lindsey tried to run it."
Vonn," came her affectionate reply.
It all started
when they would run into each other at racing venues. "I'd be arriving,
he'd be leaving," she says.
"We'd have a
day or two of overlap, and we just enjoyed each other's company," he says.
"We kept in touch by e-mail."
friends, and then they were more than friends. They were very good together.
That seemed obvious to everyone who knew them.
Alan Kildow did not approve of his daughter's dating a man who was almost nine
years older. "I can see any father being upset at the age difference,"
says Thomas, 32. "But I would at least try to meet the person and have a
him," Lindsey says of Thomas, "and I didn't want to end my relationship
just because [my father] said so. It forced me to take sides." They were
married last September in Park City, Utah. The father of the bride did not
attend—he wasn't invited—and Lindsey still doesn't speak to him.
estrangement Kildow says, "As a father, as a parent, you want to protect
and guide your children." He found the age difference "very
troubling," especially in light of the fact that Lindsey was 18 when the
two started dating. "As far as Thomas," adds Kildow, striking a
conciliatory tone, "she's made her decision, and we've welcomed him to our
A PAIR OF
eight-inch scars on Kildow's left knee marks the termination of a promising
ski-racing career. After winning three U.S. junior championships, he blew out
the knee when he was 18 while training with the Austrian national ski team.
Kildow is now a partner in an international law firm that has an office in
Minneapolis. He and Lindsey's mother, Linda Krohn, divorced in 2003. They have
four other children: Karin, a freshman at the University of San Diego, and
triplets Dylan, Laura and Reed, who are high school juniors in Apple Valley,