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Lindsey Vonn Doesn’t Like Her Dad

Lindsey Vonn’s father, Alan Kildow, will not be in Vancouver to cheer on his daughter as she races for gold. Not because the Minneapolis attorney cannot get there, but because he is not welcome.

Kildow, a former competitive skier who introduced Lindsey to skiing at the age of 2 and even moved the entire family to Colorado when Lindsey was a preteen, has been estranged from his daughter many years ago. Kildow refuses to say exactly when and why a rift developed between the two – “I don’t get into the details,” Kildow told The Associated Press in a recent telephone interview. “She’s my daughter, I love her, and in that sense it’s great” – although Vonn herself has previously stated that her dad was overly-critical of her when she failed.

“He always supported me when I did well, which was 90 percent of the time, but when I didn’t, he didn’t handle it very well,” Vonn told the Denver Post a few months before those games. “It was so hot and cold. It was so much criticism and so much negativity, and it was really hard to balance my emotions.”

The speculation is that the final straw was when Kildow disapproved when Lindsey began dating her current husband, Thomas Vonn, who is nine years older than her. Ironically, perhaps Lindsey’s unresolved daddy issues compelled her to begin seeing an older man in the first place.

And despite his attempts to contact her via e-mail and phone calls – Kildow refuses to say whether she ever replies or answers – the iciness between the two has not yet melted, nor does it appear a reconciliation is going to occur any time soon.

Now Kildow is left watching from a distance as his daughter begins her assault on Vancouver. Sucks to be him.

Lindsey Vonn, father have strained relationship [Sporting News/AP]