Kildow sees life through a child’s eyes |

Kildow sees life through a child’s eyes

Shauna Farnell
Preston Utley/ Vail's Lindsey Kildow identifies with younger ski-racing fans. Signing autographs for the tykes is something of which she never tires.

ASPEN – Lindsey Kildow identifies with children. For one thing, she’s a big Harry Potter fan. Although she wasn’t impressed with the latest cinematic offering.”I didn’t like it that much. I was kind of disappointed,” she said of the recently released “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” “I think everyone hyped it up. It was supposed to be like, so dark and scary. I always thought the movies really simulate the books well. But this one was kind of off.”

Kildow says she’s on “a sci-fi kick” at the moment, and is reading Gregory Maguire’s “Son of a Witch.” She reads a lot during the World Cup tour, and says that scenes and characters in books are usually the last thing to fill her head before she falls asleep the night before a race.”Well, if it’s a downhill race, it’s different,” said the 21-year-old. “You know the course beforehand, so I usually go through it a bunch of times before I go to bed.”After the giant slalom race Saturday, Kildow was at the bottom of the race course, in the middle of explaining “Son of a Witch,” when she met the eyes of a young, bespectacled girl who was holding a helmet and glancing covertly up at Kildow.

Kildow’s face broke into an encouraging smile.”Do you want me to sign that?” she asked the youngster, who nodded and cautiously handed the helmet over. This served as the go-ahead for a nearby pack of other hesitant children – both girls and boys – to step forward with their items to be autographed.Signing her name is something that Kildow never tires of … that is, well, when a child is involved. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that she was a shy youth on the other side of the signing.

“I think it’s cute,” she said, laughing as the Aspen children inspected her signature. “They’re really shy. Their parents are always like pushing them. Like, ‘Come on, you can do it. Just go ask her.’ I’ll sign whatever they want. It’s cool now. Really cool. Because I was the same little kid. I was even older. I was like 14 and still getting autographs. I didn’t want to say anything. I was too embarrassed and shy.”Kildow, who lived and skied in Vail during her young career, will ski in today’s slalom at Aspen before joining the rest of the U.S. Ski Team on the World Cup tour in Europe for the remainder of the season, including a stop in San Sicario, Italy, this February for the 2006 Olympic Games.Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext.14632, or, Colorado

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